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Microsoft Disrupts Nitol Botnet 92

Posted by timothy
from the velvet-glove-thwacks-hard dept.
hypnosec writes "Having procured permission from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit managed to disrupt more than 500 different strains of malware in a bid to slow down the threats posed by the Nitol botnet. Microsoft, through an operation codenamed b70 (PDF), discovered Chinese retailers were involved in selling computers with a pirated version of Windows loaded with malware. Microsoft believes the malware could have entered the supply chain at any point, for the simple reason that a computer travels among companies that transport and resell the computer. The Windows 8 maker carried out a study focused on the Nitol botnet, through which it found nearly 20 percent of all the PCs that were purchased through insecure Chinese supply chains were infected with malware."
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Microsoft Disrupts Nitol Botnet

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  • Who? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ISoldat53 (977164) on Thursday September 13, 2012 @10:02AM (#41324091)
    I couldn't find in the article who was importing, selling or reselling the affected machines. They mention one individual but not his company.
  • The Windows 8 maker

    ...did they really need to point that out? It has no bearing on the story whatsoever.

  • Stole a domain? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    If I'm reading it right, they took down the botnet by having a US court take it's domain, was that a Chinese owned (.org) domain? I'm all for shutting down botnets, but to me it looks like they said to a US court that XYZ in that other country did something I didn't like, can I take control of their foreign website? I'd hate to see this be used against legitimate foriegn sites.

  • Newspapers landing on the front porch with headlines of this story.

    Voice-over: "This is why you should have a right to buy a computer without an OS."
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Am I the only person who is worried about a corporation taking over "cyber" issues as a law enforcement agency? I know there are loopholes that let MS act on behalf of the federal government (I saw an explanation of this once, but don't remember the details), but now MS is a world-wide law enforcement agency taking down anyone and everyone they want to? They've been convicted of a monopoly, funded the SCO legal actions, and are virulently anti-free software. And they've just released Windows 8, which takes

  • Some things never change.
  • Living in China I see that pirated versions of Microsoft Windows and Office, are the norm not the exception. It is actually difficult to buy the legit software. I remember hunting all over several cities looking for a real Windows 7 CD when it first came out to no avail. If you want the real software, there are only a few PC suppliers who ship with it pre installed. Small local dealers will use pirated software. But the problem is exacerbated because of peoples love for the familiar. Most people in China st

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