Microsoft Wins Victory Over Botnet Domain

Microsoft scored a legal victory this week on its assault against botnets after a court gave them the OK to seize a domain associated with the Nitol Botnet.

News sources report that Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit won the right to host the 3322.org domain associated with this botnet. The decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia allows Microsoft to take control of 3322.org which has 70,000 malicious sub-domains which are linked to more than 500 variants of malware.

There is some evidence that suggests that cyber criminals are pre-loading malware infected counterfeit software onto computers that are offered for sale to innocent people. The malware was capable of spreading like an infectious disease through devices like USB flash drives, potentially causing the victim’s family, friends and co-workers to become infected with malware when simply sharing computer files.

This isn’t likely to effect the spread off malware and botnets as a whole however the data gathered on thei exercise gives valuable insight into the mirky world of cyber crime.

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