Report: Microsoft, Symantec Help US Govt Stop Botnet

microsoft-logoTechnicians from Microsoft and Symantec helped U.S. federal marshals raid data centers in New Jersey and Virginia Wednesday in order to stop a global cyber crime operation, Reuters reports.Symantec

Jim Finkle writes the Bamital botnet could control infected computers, install viruses for identity theft and place computers into networks that attack websites and conduct other computer crimes.

Richard Boscovich, assistant general counsel with Microsoft’s digital crimes unit, told Reuters the team seized control of one server at the Weehawken, N.J. data center.

Operators of the Manassas, Va. took down a server at their Netherlands-based parent company, Boscovich told Reuters.

Microsoft and Symantec estimate between 300,000 and 1 million computers were infected with malicious software that trapped them in the botnet, Finkle reports.

 

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