13 Jun '13, 12pm

Microsoft registers domains to thwart botnets

Microsoft registers domains to thwart botnets

Microsoft registers domains previously used by Citadel malware. Microsoft has registered a number of domain names to thwart a cybercrime ring credited with over a half billion dollars in financial fraud. The action aims to thwart Citadel malware, which installs keyloggers on users’ machines. The malware and crime ring had over 1,000 botnets. Although Microsoft’s press release about its actions against Citadel doesn’t mention domains, an attachment to the lawsuit filed against the perpetrators includes a list of over 4,000 domain names linked to Citadel. Service providers appear to have already suspended many of the registered domain names. But some of the domains on the list were unregistered. Microsoft has proactively registered these domains to its “Digital Crime Unit”. In response to an inquiry from Domain Name Wire, Richard Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microso...

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