Microsoft and US Marshals bring down Zeus botnet servers [VIDEO]

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Microsoft, working with others in the financial services and computer security industry, has disrupted a number of botnets being used by the Zeus malware family.

The company claims that botnets using ZeuS, SpyEye and Ice-IX variants of the ZeuS family of malware are responsible for nearly half a billion dollars in damages.

Office buildings in Illinois and Pennsylvania were raided by US Marshals, accompanied by Microsoft investigators, on Friday, and web servers being used by cybercriminals deactivated. The seized computers will be examined to see if they reveal further information about who might be behind the criminal campaign. At the same time, the firm seized control of hundreds of web domains being used for malevolent purposes.

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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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