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Ringleaders are still at large

Microsoft has participated in multiple police investigations and participated in taking down some the largest cyber crime rings in the world. Microsoft has announced that it, the FBI, and authorities in over 80 different countries recently launched a major assault on another big cyber crime ring. Reuters reports that this cyber crime ring is believed to have stolen over $500 million from bank accounts over the past 18 months.

Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit successfully took down at least 1,000 of the estimated 1,400 malicious computer networks in the Citadel Botnet. This particular botnet is believed to have infected as many as 5 million computers around the world. The network also stole from dozens of financial institutions including American Express, PayPal, and many others.

While Microsoft and other authorities have been successful in taking down many of the computer networks used by the criminal ring, the criminals themselves remain at large and the identities of the ringleaders of the organization remain unknown.

"The bad guys will feel the punch in the gut," said Richard Domingues Boscovich, assistant general counsel with Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit.

The FBI is working with international authorities to identify and capture the criminals behind the network.

"We are upping the game in our level of commitment in going after botnet creators and distributors," FBI Assistant Executive Director Richard McFeely said in an interview.

Source: Reuters



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RE: Microsoft Security Forces Legal?
By asgallant on 6/6/2013 12:43:06 PM , Rating: 3
Microsoft works with the authorities as a consultant - its not vigilantism.


RE: Microsoft Security Forces Legal?
By Tony Swash on 6/7/13, Rating: 0
RE: Microsoft Security Forces Legal?
By retrospooty on 6/7/2013 8:20:27 AM , Rating: 2
Windows has been proven time and time again to be more secure than Mac OS over the past 3-4 years. I wont bother to post a link as studies are all over the web and I know for a fact they have been pointed out to you many times already. You are just spreading your FUD as usual. The fact is Windows is the target because the entire world runs off it, including every factory that makes every Mac, and every iDevice. I will remind anyone reading your tripe and not familiar with your book of lies, that almost every infection out there relies on Flash and Java holes to do their dirty work.

NEXT!


RE: Microsoft Security Forces Legal?
By Tony Swash on 6/7/2013 12:45:03 PM , Rating: 1
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Windows has been proven time and time again to be more secure than Mac OS over the past 3-4 years. I wont bother to post a link as studies are all over the web and I know for a fact they have been pointed out to you many times already. You are just spreading your FUD as usual. The fact is Windows is the target because the entire world runs off it, including every factory that makes every Mac, and every iDevice. I will remind anyone reading your tripe and not familiar with your book of lies, that almost every infection out there relies on Flash and Java holes to do their dirty work.


Same old defensive twaddle. Malware, and the criminal networks who live off of it, are solely the the result of the Windows ecosystem. If you took a representative group of 1000 Mac and 1000 Window average users and asked how many had encountered real world security problems or issues with malware you would get a significant number from the Windows group and most of the time zero from the Mac users group.

Now the same situation prevails in markets where the tired old 'it's a reflection of market share' don't wash, on mobile devices malware on iOS is vanishingly rare, whilst 90+% resides on Android.

Without Windows malware would all but disappear from desktop PCs.

If you want to be safe and secure get a Mac :)


By Master Kenobi (blog) on 6/7/2013 1:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
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If you want to be safe and secure get a Mac :)
You must be smoking some really good stuff Tony.


RE: Microsoft Security Forces Legal?
By retrospooty on 6/7/2013 3:33:25 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... OK buddy.

Yes, safe and secure and unable to do anything useful.


By lexluthermiester on 6/11/2013 4:24:56 AM , Rating: 2
To be fair, Mac OS is anything but useless. But it's also fair to say one can do a lot more on Windows.

Now if Mac OS had a competent firewall[which monitored and controlled both program activities and network/internet access] then this would be a mute debate...


RE: Microsoft Security Forces Legal?
By inighthawki on 6/10/2013 4:47:33 PM , Rating: 2
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If you took a representative group of 1000 Mac and 1000 Window average users and asked how many had encountered real world security problems or issues with malware you would get a significant number from the Windows group and most of the time zero from the Mac users group.

You do realize that what you just said has a high correlation with marketshare, right? I can go write an operating system myself and install it on 1000 custom machines and have no malware issues. But that's because nobody is targetting my machines because I'm useless.

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Now the same situation prevails in markets where the tired old 'it's a reflection of market share' don't wash, on mobile devices malware on iOS is vanishingly rare, whilst 90+% resides on Android.

So surprising that a larger market that has 3rd party apps/appstores sees a higher percentage of malware than a super closed down environment.

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Without Windows malware would all but disappear from desktop PCs.

hahahahaha. Yeah OK.

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If you want to be safe and secure get a Mac :)

If you want to be safe and secure, don't install java or flash :)


By lexluthermiester on 6/11/2013 4:19:30 AM , Rating: 2
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If you want to be safe and secure, don't install java or flash :)


Here's a better idea, use a good third party firewall[IE something competent and NOT the waste of code that is MS's built in rubbish] and deny Java and Flash access to the net. Believe it or not, they still work fine even when they are firewalled.

Why? Because the Java and Flash plugins receive information through the browser instead of getting such directly themselves. Trust me this works and very well.


By lexluthermiester on 6/11/2013 4:12:48 AM , Rating: 2
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If you want to be safe and secure get a Mac :)


If you want to be safe and secure get Linux! :-)

Fixed that for ya. Any other genius statements you wish to make?


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