Microsoft wins over fake Mac antivirus botnet

September 29, 2011
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Software giant Microsoft claimed this week to have stopped another botnet, one believed to be behind the propagation of fake antivirus software.

Richard Domingues Boscovich, a senior lawyer at Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, said the Kelihos botnet was taken down via “Operation b79.”

“Kelihos, also known by some as ‘Waledac 2.0’ given its suspected ties to the first botnet Microsoft took down, is not as massive as the Rustock spambot. However, this takedown represents a significant advance in Microsoft’s fight against botnets nonetheless. This takedown will be the first time Microsoft has named a defendant in one of its civil cases involving a botnet and as of approximately 8:15 a.m. Central Europe time on Sept. 26th, the defendants were personally notified of the action,” he said in a blog post.

via GMA News, continued here.