Microsoft Seizes Zeus Botnet Servers in Two States

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – On Sunday, top tech company Microsoft revealed that it had succeeded in a major breakthrough in the fight against malware: The takedown of a significant portion of the Zeus Botnet’s network.

The matter was revealed in a blog post by Microsoft. Botnets have represented a significant problem for the online community, infecting a wide variety of computers and redirecting spam. Specifically, Zeus operates by relying on keylogging capable of stealing a user’s financial information.

One of the task’s biggest accomplishments came after Microsoft successfully worked to seize servers used to operate the malware in locations including Lombardi, Illinois and Scranton, Pennsylvania. The takedown was carried out through the company’s Digital Crimes Unit working with other organizations including The Electronic Payments Association.

The operation was authorized by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Discussing the matter on the Official Microsoft Blog, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Senior Attorney Richard Bosovich referred to the move as his company’s “most complex effort to disrupt botnets to date.”

While Microsoft said it expected the move to “significantly impact the cybercriminal underground for quite some time,” the company also emphasized that the botnet remained active.

The company has conducted similar seizures in the past. In April of last year, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had disrupted the operation of the Coreflood Botnet, another malware operation known for infecting millions of computer systems. For more information regarding Microsoft’s progress against Zeus, view a blog post by the company here (blogs.technet.com).

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