Microsoft, Europol, A10 Networks and the FBI have jointly thwarted a malicious computer program in a move aimed at helping to prevent cybercrime and clean infected computers.
The ZeroAccess botnet worked to target more than 2 million computers, search engine results and online advertising revenues through remote infrastructures, Microsoft said Thursday.
David Finn, executive director and associate general counsel of Microsoft’s digital crimes unit, said the coordinated effort was launched to block fraudulent online activities and determine botnet-infected computers for repair works.
Cybercriminals used ZeroAccess to redirect search engine queries to malicious websites and hijack ad clicks using illegitimate Web traffic.
Microsoft last week obtained permission from the U.S. District Court for Texas’ Western District to cut off communications between ZeroAccess computers in the U.S. and block 18 Internet Protocol addresses used for the fraud.
The company also shut down 49 botnet-associated domains using A10 Networks’ technologies.
Europol collaborated with Latvia, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany to seize servers used for criminal activities in Europe.