NEWS - October 04, 2012
by Carol~ - 10/4/12 6:24 AM
Microsoft Drops Suit Against Nitol Botnet Operator In Exchange for Cooperation
"Microsoft Settles with 3322.org Operators in Nitol Botnet Case"
Two weeks ago, Microsoft won a court victory, granting it control over the 3322.org domain. The domain's owner Peng Yong and his company, Changzhou Bei Te Kang Mu Software Technology Co., have settled with Microsoft, and in exchange for his help, Microsoft has agreed to drop its lawsuit.
Codenamed Operation b70, Nitol was discovered after Microsoft started looking into insecure supply chains. By gaining control over the 3322.org domain, the software giant was to command and disable some 70,000 malicious sub-domains.
Research showed that Nitol has been operating on a malicious domain since 2008, and when digging further, they discovered that of the 70,000 malicious sub-domains on 3322.org, there were more than 500 different strains of malware.
Included in the malware variants were Trojans (backdoors), spy tools (able to steal data and activate microphones and cameras), and basic keylogging kits. On its own, Nitol is a DDoS bot, which according to security experts is a minor threat in the grand scheme of things. However, Microsoft was going for gold and wanted Nitol, as well as all of the other malicious domains, shutdown.
Continued : http://www.securityweek.com/microsoft-drops-suit-against-nitol-botnet-operator-exchange-cooperation
Also: Microsoft settles Nitol botnet lawsuit
@ The Official Microsoft Blog: Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Defendants in Nitol Case