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[ NNSquad ] Microsoft, the FBI, Europol and industry partners disrupt the notorious ZeroAccess botnet

Microsoft, the FBI, Europol and industry partners disrupt the
notorious ZeroAccess botnet

http://j.mp/1ce1l9l  (Microsoft)

   "The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit today announced it has successfully
    disrupted a rampant botnet in collaboration with Europol's European
    Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and
    leaders in the technology industry, including A10 Networks Inc. The
    Sirefef botnet, also known as ZeroAccess, is responsible for infecting
    more than 2 million computers, specifically targeting search results
    on Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines, and is estimated to cost
    online advertisers $2.7 million each month. Today's action is expected
    to significantly disrupt the botnet's operation, increasing the cost
    and risk for cybercriminals to continue doing business and preventing
    victims' computers from committing fraudulent schemes.  This is
    Microsoft's first botnet action since the Nov. 14 unveiling of its new
    Cybercrime Center - a center of excellence for advancing the global
    fight against cybercrime - and marks the company's eighth botnet
    operation in the past three years."

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