Bamital botnet dismantled, as Microsoft seizes control of malware servers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

If any of your computers showed you a screen like this today, you can thank Microsoft.

And you *should* thank them, as chances are that those computers are infected by malware called Bamital.

As Reuters reports, security experts at Microsoft, working with others in the computer security industry, have disrupted a botnet being used by the Bamital malware family.

On Wednesday, data centers in Weehawken, New Jersey, and Manassas, Virginia, were raided by US Marshals, accompanied by Microsoft investigators, and web servers used by cybercriminals were seized…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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