Microsoft disrupts the emerging Nitol botnet being spread through an unsecure supply chain

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Microsoft disrupts the emerging Nitol botnet being spread through an unsecure supply chain
Botnet Nitol
Malware
Botnet/malware group
Exploit kits
Services
Feature
Distribution vector
Target
Origin
Campaign
Operation/Working group Operation b70
Vulnerability
CCProtocol
Date 2012 / 13 Sep 2012
Editor/Conference Microsoft
Link http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft blog/archive/2012/09/13/microsoft-disrupts-the-emerging-nitol-botnet-being-spread-through-an-unsecure-supply-chain.aspx (Archive copy)
Author Richard Domingues Boscovich
Type

Abstract

Earlier this week, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit permission to disrupt more than 500 different strains of malware with the potential for targeting millions of innocent people. Codenamed “Operation b70,” this legal action and technical disruption proceeded from a Microsoft study which found that cybercriminals infiltrate unsecure supply chains to introduce counterfeit software embedded with malware for the purpose of secretly infecting people’s computers. In disrupting these malware strains, we helped significantly limit the spread of the developing Nitol botnet, our second botnet disruption in the last six months.

Bibtex

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   editor = {Microsoft},
   author = {Richard Domingues Boscovich},
   title = {Microsoft disrupts the emerging Nitol botnet being spread through an unsecure supply chain},
   date = {13},
   month = Sep,
   year = {2012},
   howpublished = {\url{http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2012/09/13/microsoft-disrupts-the-emerging-nitol-botnet-being-spread-through-an-unsecure-supply-chain.aspx}},
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