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Microsoft®, FBI Dismantling Cybercrime Ring

June 11, 2013  Malware News

A massive botnet network responsible for online banking and identity theft has taken a hit. Microsoft® along with the FBI stopped communication in June between 1,462 Citadel botnets and computers infected by its malware.

Microsoft® warned this did not completely eliminate Citadel botnets. Cybercriminals create botnets by infecting a large number of computers with malicious software that takes control over a computer without owners ever realizing it. Reportedly, more than 5 million people worldwide have been affected by this malware with over $500 million in losses attributed to its keylogging attacks. Countries with the highest concentration of Citadel botnets are the U.S., Europe, India, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore.


Microsoft, US feds disrupt Citadel botnet network - Computerworld

Microsoft works with financial services industry leaders, law enforcement and others to disrupt massive financial cybercrime ring - The Official Microsoft Blog

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