NEWS - March 26, 2012
by Carol~ - 3/26/12 9:49 AM
Microsoft Takes Down Dozens of Zeus, SpyEye Botnets
Microsoft today announced the execution of a carefully planned takedown of dozens of botnets powered by ZeuS and SpyEye - powerful banking Trojans that have helped thieves steal more than $100 million from small to mid-sized businesses in the United States and abroad.
In a consolidated legal filing, Microsoft received court approval to seize several servers in Scranton, Penn. and Lombard, Ill. used to control dozens of ZeuS and SpyEye botnets. The company also was granted permission to take control of 800 domains that were used by the crime machines.The company published a video showing a portion of the seizures, conducted late last week with the help of U.S. Marshals.
This is the latest in a string of botnet takedowns executed by Microsoft's legal team, but this appears to be the first one in which the company invoked the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
Continued : https://krebsonsecurity.com/2012/03/microsoft-takes-down-dozens-of-zeus-spyeye-botnets/
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