April 15, 2014

In brief: Microsoft disrupts Nitol botnet

(LiveHacking.Com) – Microsoft has revealed that 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. ‘Operation b70′ significantly limited the spread of the emerging Nitol botnet. It was Microsoft’s second botnet disruption in the last six months.

According to Brian Krebs, the core target of this takedown was 3322.org, a Chinese “dynamic DNS” (DDNS) provider. DDNS providers offer typically free services that allow millions of legitimate users to have Web sites hosted on servers that frequently change their Internet addresses. This type of service is useful for people who want to host a Web site on a home-based Internet address that may change from time to time, because dynamic DNS services can be used to easily map the domain name to the user’s new Internet address whenever it happens to change.

“Microsoft is fully committed to protecting consumers by combating the distribution of counterfeit software and working closely with governments, law enforcement and other industry members in these efforts. Our disruption of the Nitol botnet further demonstrates our resolve to take all necessary steps to protect our customers and discourage criminals from defrauding them into using malware infected counterfeit software,” said Microsoft in a statement.

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