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Microsoft liberates 2 million PCs from malicious Citadel botnets

By David Tom · 13 replies
Jun 19, 2013
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  1. Earlier this month, we were made aware that Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit successfully brought down over 1,000 of the estimated 1,400 malicious computer networks, commonly referred to as the Citadel botnets. However, a statement made by Richard Domingues Boscovich, the assistant...

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  2. An attempt forgood press just to dissolve the wake of the Xbox debacle? Microsoft is due for a good deed.
  3. Coodu

    Coodu TS Booster Posts: 173

    This is great news, $500 million, that's crazy stuff..
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,169   +3,261

    What about the people that create these botnets? I'm sick of reading stories like this where people are free to continue. I'm not stupid, I know these people can be tracked.
  5. Coodu

    Coodu TS Booster Posts: 173

    Well, one would hope that this at least brings them closer to the source, we can only hope anyway ;)
  6. Track these down, nah there more interested in illegal file sharing and its probably the companies in question running an insurance scam anyways
  7. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 2,615   +487

    Umm..it is illegal file sharing. Just that it is financial and not videos...hope our protectors are just as interested.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,169   +3,261

    They probably are, especially the ones prospering by turning a blind eye.
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,454   +1,732

    So, now Microsoft is a liberator and not enslaver?
  10. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,313   +258

    Doubtful, most gamers will not care for this "good" deed anyway.
  11. Now if they could liberate all the other people from the virus called Windows, we would be good.
  12. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +32

    When will you be liberating us from win8 M$ ?
  13. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 718   +236

    This is hardly the first time MS has done this, if you looked at the articles over the past year I think its the 3rd time they helped take down a major botnet.

    However the biggest issue here for me also is that while the software side of things are taken care of the creators of these net's need to be fined and imprisoned or forced into some kinda rehab program (or join the USA's PRISM program hahaa).

    I think they need to get closer ties with interpol because generally local authorities can do nothing but beg the offending country's law enforcement to do something and the response I think would be "we have 1000's or murders/poverty/massive unemployment, don't care about your cybercrime issues"
  14. Only allowed malware is the MS backdoor for providing info to PRISM etc. All others are verboten

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