Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Defendants in Nitol Case

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how a Microsoft study looking into unsecure supply chains led to the discovery of the emerging Nitol botnet, which was hosted by the domain. In order to address this threat, Microsoft filed suit to take control of the 70,000 malicious subdomains hosted on Today, I am pleased…


Microsoft Disrupts the Emerging Nitol Botnet Being Spread through an Unsecure Supply Chain

Earlier this week, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit permission to disrupt more than 500 different strains of malware with the potential for targeting millions of innocent people. Codenamed “Operation b70,” this legal action and technical disruption proceeded from a Microsoft study which found that cybercriminals…


Microsoft and Financial Services Industry Leaders Target Cybercriminal Operations from Zeus Botnets

In our most complex effort to disrupt botnets to date, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit – in collaboration with Financial Services – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association, as well as Kyrus Tech Inc. – has executed a coordinated global action against some of the worst known cybercrime operations…


Microsoft Neutralizes Kelihos Botnet, Names Defendant in Case

Building on the recent successes of the Rustock and Waledac botnet takedowns, I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has taken down the Kelihos botnet in an operation codenamed “Operation b79” using similar legal and technical measures that resulted in our previous successful botnet takedowns. Kelihos, also known by some as “Waledac 2.0” given its suspected…


Weekend Reading: Sept. 23rd Edition–Bing Celebrates Fall, Rethinking the Windows Boot Experience and “Gears of War 3” Launches, plus the Rustock Botnet, Windows Live and Windows Phone

This edition of Weekend Reading is chock full of Microsoft news, including stories on the introduction of video on the Bing home page, re-engineering the boot experience on Windows 8 and the highly anticipated release of “Gears of War 3” for the Xbox 360. Bing home page springs to life with fall video. Bing is…


Rustock Civil Case Closed: Microsoft Refers Criminal Evidence to FBI

Six months after I first wrote about how the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, Microsoft Malware Protection Center, Trustworthy Computing and our partners shut down the Rustock botnet, I am pleased to report that we have successfully concluded our civil case against the Rustock botnet operators. We’re now referring the matter, and the discovery gathered during…


Weekend Reading: July 22nd Edition–Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter Revenue, Battles the Rustock Spambot and Releases a New “Star Wars” Xbox & Kinect Bundle

This week, Microsoft announced record fourth-quarter revenue, battled the Rustock spambot, released a super-cool Star Wars Xbox and Kinect bundle and made an announcement about HealthVault. For those stories and more, check out this edition of Weekend Reading. Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results. On Thursday, Microsoft announced record fourth-quarter revenue of $17.37 billion…


Microsoft Offers Reward for Information on Rustock

Last month, I shared with you that the Rustock botnet has remained inactive since Microsoft and its partners took it offline on March 16th. Today, we take our pursuit a step further. After publishing notices in two Russian newspapers last month to notify the Rustock operators of the civil lawsuit, we decided to augment our…


Weekend Reading: July 8th Edition–More Windows Phone “Mango” news plus the Rustock botnet, Hotmail, Windows Live Essentials, Imagine Cup and the Worldwide Partners Conference

Today in Weekend Reading, we’ve got a bevy of great stories for you – everything from Windows Phone to progress on the Rustock spambot to an inspiring story about a visually impaired Microsoft employee who recently broke both the women’s and men’s world records for blind ironman competitors. Imagine Cup and the Worldwide Partner Conference….

Microsoft Releases New Threat Data on Rustock

Since successfully taking down the Rustock botnet on March 16th, Microsoft has continued to analyze the threat, investigate leads on the operations and owners of the botnet and work with Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) worldwide to help the legitimate owners of Rustock-infected computers to clean their computers of malware….