Microsoft Takes Action Against World’s Largest Online Criminal Network

What is a botnet? A botnet is a network of internet-connected, malware-infected devices that can be used to commit cyberattacks like phishing attempts, distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), data breach, etc. To learn more about botnets and how to protect yourself, visit this informational piece by Kate Whiting. 

How can I protect myself? Microsoft has tips to protect your cybersecurity in the face of botnets and other cybercrime:

Source: Microsoft and Formative Content

Necurs, the world’s largest botnet, has infected nine million computers globally. The botnet has recently been disrupted by Microsoft and thirty-five global partners. Microsoft has studied and tracked Necurs’ techniques in order to successfully execute a disruption to the malicious network.

Microsoft and its partners accurately predicted and reported six million potential domains that could be blocked and made unusable by the criminals behind this botnet. Thus, successfully disrupting one of the world’s largest spam email threat networks and protecting consumers from potential cyberattacks. 

Our sponsors at Microsoft recommend that you utilize their Microsoft Safety Scanner to ensure that your device is free of malware. If your computer has been infected by malware, visit our resource page for recovery assistance. To learn more about Microsoft’s successful work and future initiatives, read the full blog by Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security & Trust here

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* Sources:
Kate Whiting
https://news.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/03/10/botnet-online-safety/
Tom Burt
https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/03/10/necurs-botnet-cyber-crime-disrupt/