Microsoft and Symantec take down Bamital botnet that hijacks online searches

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Microsoft and Symantec take down Bamital botnet that hijacks online searches
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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 / 2013-02-06
Editor/Conference Microsoft
Link http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft blog/archive/2013/02/06/microsoft-and-symantec-take-down-bamital-botnet-that-hijacks-online-searches.aspx (Archive copy)
Author Richard Boscovich
Type Blogpost

Abstract

As reported by Reuters earlier today, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, in collaboration with Symantec, has taken down the dangerous Bamital botnet which hijacked people’s search results and took them to potentially dangerous websites that could install malware onto their computer, steal their personal information, or fraudulently charge businesses for online advertisement clicks. Microsoft and Symantec’s research shows that in the last two years, more than eight million computers have been attacked by Bamital, and that the botnet’s search hijacking and click fraud schemes affected many major search engines and browsers, including those offered by Microsoft, Yahoo and Google. Because this threat exploited the search and online advertising platform to harm innocent people, Microsoft and Symantec chose to take action against the Bamital botnet to help protect people and advance cloud security for everyone.

Bibtex

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   editor = {Microsoft},
   author = {Richard Boscovich},
   title = {Microsoft and Symantec take down Bamital botnet that hijacks online searches},
   date = {06},
   month = Feb,
   year = {2013},
   howpublished = {\url{http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2013/02/06/microsoft-and-symantec-take-down-bamital-botnet-that-hijacks-online-searches.aspx}},
 }