Microsoft Battles ZeroAccess Botnet

Working in partnership with the FBI and Europol, Microsoft has taken aim at the ZeroAccess botnet that has been impacting Internet search engines. Microsoft claims that approximately $2.7 million a month was being lost, due to ZeroAccess-related click fraud activities on the Internet.

ZeroAccess has been active since at least 2011. Richard Boscovich, assistant general counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, told eSecurity Planet that while Microsoft has been aware of this threat for many years, it began seriously investigating the malware about four months ago.

“During that time, Microsoft studied the malware in order to find vulnerabilities so it could take action to disrupt the botnet,” he said.

After filing a civil lawsuit against the cybercriminals operating the ZeroAccess botnets, Microsoft received authorization from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to simultaneously block incoming and outgoing communications between computers located in the U.S. and the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses being used to commit the fraudulent schemes.

via Microsoft Battles ZeroAccess Botnet – eSecurity Planet.

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