Dutch police and Europol paralyze botnet of 12,000 PCs




The Dutch High Tech Crime Team, Europol and the FBI have domain names that the Beebone botnet was managed confiscated. The botnet consists of at least 12,000 systems and spreads according to the researchers via “advanced malware.

The organizations have all domain names that the malware from Beebone- or Aaeh botnet communicated identified and seized, or put on hold. A part of the command and control servers was in the Netherlands. Providers and Cert’s worldwide get data-passing on infected systems so that the users of the systems can warn, says Europol.

Beebone Vobfus Figures from McAfee Labs Security Intel shows that the botnet in March 2015 consisted of 12,000 systems, it is likely that there are more. At its peak in 2014, the number of infections was according to Intel Security 100,000. It thus is not a huge malicious network, but according to the organizations concerned the advanced malware. Beebone is a Trojan that often works with Vobfus worm to smuggle a system several other malware. The malware types know whenever new versions of themselves and download each other, making them difficult to keep out the door by antivirus packages.

The research was led by the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Dutch police. Include Europol European Cybercrime Centre, the Joint Action Cybercrime Task Force and the FBI worked out with. In any case, F-Secure, Intel Security, Symantec and Trend Micro have already updated their software to undo infections. Moreover, the action does not mean that the botnet was dismantled entirely; regularly know the networks to create a ‘relaunch’ by updating malware and exchange of command and control servers and domain names.

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