Microsoft, Symantec Bust Bamital Botnet
February 7, 2013 10:41 AM
comment(s) - last by
Another botnet bites the dust
Microsoft has announced officially that it and Symantec have worked together to take down the dangerous Bamital botnet. This botnet was used to hijack search results on computers around the world, taking the computer user to potentially dangerous websites. Once the users were deposited at the dangerous websites, Bamital operators were able to install malware onto the user's computer to steal personal information or charge businesses fraudulently for online advertisement clicks.
Microsoft’s research shows that Bamital hijacked more than 8 million computers over the past two years. Microsoft says that the botnet affected many major search engines and browsers including Bing, Yahoo, and Google offerings. Microsoft says that it and Symantec took action against the botnet to help protect computer users and promote cloud security for everyone.
Users who are already infected by malware installed by the botnet are being proactively informed that their computers are infected via an official webpage. That official webpage offers the users an easy-to-use method for removing the infection.
The takedown operation was known as Operation b58 and is the sixth botnet takedown operation Microsoft has been part of in the last three years. In September of 2012, Microsoft participated in the
of the Nitol botnet.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Good for Microsoft
2/7/2013 1:25:46 PM
It's probably quite difficult to catch and convict them if they are in a foreign country but glad they stopped it.
One down, many more to go (I'm guessing).
"Well, there may be a reason why they call them 'Mac' trucks! Windows machines will not be trucks." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Microsoft Puts the Smack Down on Emerging Nitol Botnet
September 13, 2012, 9:32 AM
Google plans ultra-fast wireless Internet for Research Triangle Park, N.C.
August 12, 2016, 6:30 AM
Twitter Senior VP: "Diversity is Important, But We Can’t Lower the Bar"
November 9, 2015, 9:59 AM
CNN Resorts to Internet Censorship to Promote Clinton Over Senator Sanders
October 15, 2015, 2:47 PM
Breaking Bad: How to Crash Google's Chrome Browser With Just 8 Characters
September 23, 2015, 11:08 AM
Quick Note: Amazon UK Offers £10 Back on Any Order £50 or Over
August 3, 2015, 12:05 PM
Editorial: Reddit Allows Itself to be Hijacked as a Hate Platform For Racist Bigots
July 21, 2015, 6:32 PM
Most Popular Articles
AMD, Zen Processor might power the upcoming Apple MacBook Pro
September 30, 2016, 5:00 AM
Leaked – Samsung S8 is a Dream and a Dream 2
September 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Are you ready for this ? HyperDrive Aircraft
September 24, 2016, 9:29 AM
Inspiron Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
September 25, 2016, 9:00 AM
Apple’s Siri Speaker is a Game Changer
September 26, 2016, 5:00 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Are farm children less likely to have allergies and asthma in adulthood?
Sep 30, 2016, 5:00 AM
MH 17 shot down by missile 'brought from Russia' into Ukraine's rebel territory
Sep 29, 2016, 5:00 PM
Burlington Gun Attack
Sep 27, 2016, 5:00 AM
Who is in Risk of Getting Oral Cancer?
Sep 23, 2016, 6:02 AM
France Bans Plastic Eating Utensils in Restaurants
Sep 18, 2016, 10:49 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information