US disrupts giant botnet used for spam and ransomware

“US authorities are working to take down one of the world’s largest botnets, which controls tens of thousands of infected computers and sends hundreds of millions of spam emails that distribute ransomware and malware across the globe.

Working alongside the FBI and security company Crowdstrike, the US Department of Justice has started blocking domains associated with the Kelihos botnet, one of the most prolific networks of hacker-controlled computer systems in the world.

The network of infected Windows machines has been known to send spam emails, distribute ransomware and malware, harvest usernames and passwords and engage in Bitcoin theft and spamming.”

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Author: Danny Palmer