Dec 6 2013, 6:58am CST | by Sumayah Aamir
Some sites on the Internet seem to think they can get away with anything they want to. One of these was ZeroAccess botnet, a site that illegally redirected the information from SERPs that people generated towards other sites. It was a sort of blackmail going on in the confines of cyberspace. And the site had a rotten reputation since it had been responsible for infecting over two million computers. The chagrin and misery it had caused had to be put to an end.
Finally, Microsoft, the FBI, Europol and several other industry partners joined hands to eradicate this major nuisance from the Net environment. The fraudulent site which cost gullible and innocent people $2.7 million per month finally met its match.
“The coordinated action taken by our partners was instrumental in the disruption of ZeroAccess; these efforts will stop victims’ computers from being used for fraud and help us identify the computers that need to be cleaned of the infection,” said David Finn, executive director and associate general counsel of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit .
Microsoft deserves a standing ovation for a job well done. And it happens to be the first such move it has ever made. From now onwards all the cybercriminals visiting ZeroAccess botnet will have to contend with the long arm of the law.
The usage of malicious software for cybercrimes has indeed been dealt a deathblow of sorts. Hijacking people’s search results will not be the easy job it had been for hackers and other evil elements that frequent the Internet. The disruption of ZeroAccess botnet is a supreme achievement and it will go down in computer history as a victory spearheaded by Microsoft.
“If the hacker community has not yet taken notice, today’s disruption of the ZeroAccess botnet is another example of the power of public-private partnerships,” FBI Executive Assistant Director Richard McFeely said. “It demonstrates our commitment to expand coordination with companies like Microsoft and our foreign law enforcement partners to shut down malicious cyberattacks and hold cybercriminals accountable for exploiting our citizens’ and businesses’ computers.”
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