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Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Defendants in Nitol Case
Two weeks ago, I wrote about how a Microsoft study looking into unsecure supply chains led to the discovery of the emerging Nitol botnet, which was hosted by the 3322.org domain. In order to address this threat, Microsoft filed suit to take control of the 70,000 malicious subdomains hosted on 3322.org...
2 Oct 2012
Microsoft Disrupts the Emerging Nitol Botnet Being Spread through an Unsecure Supply Chain
Earlier this week, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit permission to disrupt more than 500 different strains of malware with the potential for targeting millions of innocent people. Codenamed “Operation b70,” this legal...
13 Sep 2012
Microsoft and Financial Services Industry Leaders Target Cybercriminal Operations from Zeus Botnets
In our most complex effort to disrupt botnets to date, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit – in collaboration with Financial Services – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association, as well as Kyrus Tech Inc. – has executed...
25 Mar 2012
Microsoft Neutralizes Kelihos Botnet, Names Defendant in Case
Building on the recent successes of the Rustock and Waledac botnet takedowns, I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has taken down the Kelihos botnet in an operation codenamed “Operation b79” using similar legal and technical measures that resulted in our previous successful botnet...
27 Sep 2011
Weekend Reading: Sept. 23rd Edition–Bing Celebrates Fall, Rethinking the Windows Boot Experience and “Gears of War 3” Launches, plus the Rustock Botnet, Windows Live and Windows Phone
This edition of Weekend Reading is chock full of Microsoft news, including stories on the introduction of video on the Bing home page, re-engineering the boot experience on Windows 8 and the highly anticipated release of “Gears of War 3” for the Xbox 360. Bing home page springs to life...
23 Sep 2011
Rustock Civil Case Closed: Microsoft Refers Criminal Evidence to FBI
Six months after I first wrote about how the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit , Microsoft Malware Protection Center, Trustworthy Computing and our partners shut down the Rustock botnet, I am pleased to report that we have successfully concluded our civil case against the Rustock botnet operators. We’re...
22 Sep 2011
Weekend Reading: July 22nd Edition–Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter Revenue, Battles the Rustock Spambot and Releases a New “Star Wars” Xbox & Kinect Bundle
This week, Microsoft announced record fourth-quarter revenue, battled the Rustock spambot, released a super-cool Star Wars Xbox and Kinect bundle and made an announcement about HealthVault. For those stories and more, check out this edition of Weekend Reading. Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter...
22 Jul 2011
Microsoft Offers Reward for Information on Rustock
Last month, I shared with you that the Rustock botnet has remained inactive since Microsoft and its partners took it offline on March 16 th . Today, we take our pursuit a step further. After publishing notices in two Russian newspapers last month to notify the Rustock operators of the civil lawsuit...
18 Jul 2011
Weekend Reading: July 8th Edition–More Windows Phone “Mango” news plus the Rustock botnet, Hotmail, Windows Live Essentials, Imagine Cup and the Worldwide Partners Conference
Today in Weekend Reading, we’ve got a bevy of great stories for you – everything from Windows Phone to progress on the Rustock spambot to an inspiring story about a visually impaired Microsoft employee who recently broke both the women’s and men’s world records for blind ironman...
8 Jul 2011
Microsoft Releases New Threat Data on Rustock
Since successfully taking down the Rustock botnet on March 16 th , Microsoft has continued to analyze the threat, investigate leads on the operations and owners of the botnet and work with Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) worldwide to help the legitimate...
5 Jul 2011
Hot on the Trail of the Rustock Botnet
In March, we announced that Microsoft had, with the help of industry partners and law enforcement, taken down the notorious spamming botnet, Rustock. Since that time, I’m happy to report that the botnet has stayed dead. Our technical countermeasures have worked effectively to prevent the bot’s...
6 Jun 2011
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