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[TechSpot] Microsoft takes down botnet that infected nine million devices

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Microsoft has revealed it was part of a team that took down the Necurs botnet. The network had infected over nine million devices worldwide, making it one of the world’s largest botnets. It was used to send malware-packed spam emails, steal login details, deliver ransomware, and more.
Tom Burt, Microsoft's vice-president for customer security and trust, said the company worked with partners across 35 countries to disrupt the prolific botnet. “This disruption is the result of eight years of tracking and planning and will help ensure the criminals behind this network are no longer able to use key elements of its infrastructure to execute cyberattacks,” he wrote.


First identified in 2012, Necurs is believed to be operated by a Russia-based hacking group who sell or rent access to the infected devices to other criminals . During a 58-day period in the investigation, it was found that one Necurs-infected computer sent a total of 3.8 million spam emails to over 40.6 million potential victims.

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How does one not notice that much network traffic? No way it doesn't lag the comp.

Nobody checks task manager anymore?

Meanwhile, you cannot buy 6 million domains because Microsoft blocked that many.

I don't see that as being good. Between that and GoDaddy not too many domain names are going to be available.

GoDaddy bought up a crapton of domain names early on.

Regular people used to be able to buy their own domains, things like this make that artificially exponentially more of a PITA.

Microsoft wants to be the only ones in control of your system and the internet.

It's not what they did, it's the way they went about it.


Speaking of which, where's that "nuke all the garbage on Win 10" program?

On the bright side of things, GoDaddy can't buy those domains either!

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I don't know what everyone is tripping out about here and the correlation between Russian bot nets and how it's all fake news for the DNC.

Russian botnets 4 rent are a real thing. Russia in general is one of the biggest players in computer crimes. Most of the big fraud communities, data dumps, RDP carding websites, it's all Russian based with mainly Russian users. There's nothing fake about that, and if you don't know this you're completely out of touch with how the game works.

The top tier 1337 hackers run these types of bot nets, very small closed communities. They rent or trade in some way access/use to these services so lesser hackers can pwn a crap ton of people, big data dumps, bank log ins, paypall accts, CVVs, fullz, etc are all sold in bulk to big data dump sites in tor land. They either then get flipped again, "curated" or "aged" and then finally sold off to someone who has the nuts to do real in person fraud or cash outs.

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I don't know what everyone is tripping out about here and the correlation between Russian bot nets and how it's all fake news for the DNC.

Russian botnets 4 rent are a real thing. Russia in general is one of the biggest players in computer crimes. Most of the big fraud communities, data dumps, RDP carding websites, it's all Russian based with mainly Russian users. There's nothing fake about that, and if you don't know this you're completely out of touch with how the game works.

The top tier 1337 hackers run these types of bot nets, very small closed communities. They rent or trade in some way access/use to these services so lesser hackers can pwn a crap ton of people, big data dumps, bank log ins, paypall accts, CVVs, fullz, etc are all sold in bulk to big data dump sites in tor land. They either then get flipped again, "curated" or "aged" and then finally sold off to someone who has the nuts to do real in person fraud or cash outs.
LOL, right. The largest botnet in the world is ran from Langley.

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It doesn't say what devices were used in the botnet. Were they windows machines? IoT devices? One of biggest DDos attacks in history used IP cameras and DVR's.

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It doesn't say what devices were used in the botnet. Were they windows machines? IoT devices? One of biggest DDos attacks in history used IP cameras and DVR's.
IoT can die in a fire. Are people so brainless that they need to have other people spying on them before they feel safe in their homes? Or do they think having a third party being able to hack their front door is a good idea?

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IoT can die in a fire. Are people so brainless that they need to have other people spying on them before they feel safe in their homes? Or do they think having a third party being able to hack their front door is a good idea?
chicken/egg debate at this point, with a large dose of ignorance and no fux given.

speaking of... Fight For the Future has been blowing up my inbox recently, saying the emergency COVID19 bills include language that would re-activate some of the patriot act stuff that's been stripped away over the last few years.

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chicken/egg debate at this point, with a large dose of ignorance and no fux given.

speaking of... Fight For the Future has been blowing up my inbox recently, saying the emergency COVID19 bills include language that would re-activate some of the patriot act stuff that's been stripped away over the last few years.
I foresee the potus staming a big red NO on that bill if it ever makes it to his desk. As a populist, he doesn't seem to be a very big fan of the "F-the-constitution" act.

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