Massive search fraud botnet seized by Microsoft and Symantec

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Massive search fraud botnet seized by Microsoft and Symantec
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Botnet Bamital
Malware
Botnet/malware group
Exploit kits
Services
Feature
Distribution vector
Target
Origin
Campaign
Operation/Working group Operation b58
Vulnerability
CCProtocol
Date 2013 / 2013-02-07
Editor/Conference Condé Nast
Link http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/02/massive-search-fraud-botnet-siezed-by-microsoft-and-symantec/ (Archive copy)
Author Sean Gallagher
Type Press article

Abstract

A botnet that redirected clicks from millions of PCs has been shut down by Microsoft and Symantec, at least for the moment. Based on the fraudulent traffic generated by the Bamital botnet, the two companies estimate that its operators netted more than $1 million a year by redirecting unsuspecting computer users to websites they didn't intend to go, cashing in on the traffic with online advertising networks.

Bibtex

 @misc{Gallagher2013BFR1308,
   editor = {Condé Nast},
   author = {Sean Gallagher},
   title = {Massive search fraud botnet seized by Microsoft and Symantec},
   date = {07},
   month = Feb,
   year = {2013},
   howpublished = {\url{http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/02/massive-search-fraud-botnet-siezed-by-microsoft-and-symantec/}},
 }