(The Hosting News) – Yesterday, Microsoft’s Digital Crime Unit announced the successful disruption of the malicious software that has infected millions of computers.
With the help of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and European Cybercrime Centre, the botnet known as ZeroAccess, or Sirefef, was “significantly disrupted” by the teams efforts.
“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,” said FBI Executive Assistant Director Richard McFeely.
ZeroAccess is responsible for infecting over two million computers and costing online advertisers $2.7 million each month by targeting selected search results on search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing, states Microsoft’s news center.
This botnet was built to be the most durable botnet in operation today, which relies on peer-to-peer infrastructure so criminals can remotely control the botnet from thousands of different computers.
“Microsoft is committed to working collaboratively — with our customers, partners, academic experts and law enforcement — to combat cybercrime. And we’ll do everything we can to protect computer users from the sinister activities and criminal networks that victimize innocent people and businesses around the world,” stated David Finn, Executive Director of Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit.
This marks the second time in the last six months that Microsoft has partnered with law enforcement to disrupt a botnet.