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Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Companies |

Microsoft and the FBI are working together to topple botnet that stole U.S. $ 500 million from banks

Microsoft and the FBI are working together to topple botnet that stole U.S. $ 500 million from banks

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and the worked with authorities from 80 countries to bring down a network that allegedly stole $ 500 million bank accounts in the last 18 months. The Digital Crimes Unit of Microsoft (which has already finished with several botnets ) managed to finish with at least 1,000 of some 1,400 networks known as “Botnets Citadel” (Citadel).

infected 5 million PCs in the world, and used to rob banks like American Express, Bank of America, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, PayPal, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase and others.

Despite finishing with the network, not the identity of the people behind the operation, Reuters said. With the joint venture, however, was limited attack capability.

Microsoft claims that the creator of Citadel inserted malicious software pirated copies of Windows, and used PCs in the U.S., Eastern Europe, Hong Kong, India and Australia to network. The company filed a civil lawsuit against those responsible for the botnet. According to Microsoft, the leader uses the pseudonym Aquabox and suspect living in Europe, working with at least 81 people at the bots around the world.

Citadel was programmed not to attack institutions in Ukraine and Russia, possibly because their operators live there.

Link: Exclusive: Microsoft, take aim at overall FBI cyber crime ring (Reuters)

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