Microsoft Hijacks Necurs Botnet that Infected 9 Million PCs Worldwide

Dr. Eduardo Rocha Senior Solutions Engineer & Security Analyst @ GlobalDots
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Microsoft announced that it has successfully disrupted the botnet network of the Necurs malware, which has infected more than 9 million computers globally, and also hijacked the majority of its infrastructure.

The latest botnet takedown was the result of a coordinated operation involving international police and private tech companies across 35 countries.

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The operation was conducted successfully after researchers successfully broke the domain generation algorithm (DGA) implemented by the Necurs malware, which helped it remain resilient for a long time.

DGA is basically a technique to unpredictably generate new domain names at regular intervals, helping malware authors to continuously switch the location of C&C servers and maintain undisrupted digital communication with the infected machines.

Read more: The Hacker News

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