Another Win in the Battle Against Botnets!

Congratulations.jpgAnother job well done by the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU).  My heroes and heroines at the DCU partnered with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the FBI, and technology industry leaders to takedown another major botnet.  The third such milestone this year alone.  The Sirefef botnet, also known as ZeroAccess, has infected approximately two million computers worldwide and Microsoft estimates the cost to online advertisers at ~$2.7 million each month.

The DCU has several major botnet takedowns, including Citadel, Bamital, Zeus, and Rustock.  In my opinion they are the elite group fighting for all of us when it comes to actively interdicting this type of scourge.

This supports my Top 10 Security Predictions for 2013 and Beyond that attackers would be targeted with more ferocity from governments, service providers and organizations worldwide.  Feel free to check out my other predictions. 

Another well-earned congratulations to the hard working Microsoft folks in the DCU.  Well done, never give an inch, and keep pressing forward in this seemingly never-ending battle. 

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Matthew Rosenquist is a Cybersecurity Strategist for Intel Corp and benefits from 20+ years in the field of security. He specializes in strategy, measuring value, and developing cost effective capabilities and organizations which deliver optimal levels of security. Matthew helped with the formation of the Intel Security Group, an industry leading organization bringing together security across hardware, firmware, software and services. An outspoken advocate of cybersecurity, he strives to advance the industry and his guidance can be heard at conferences, and found in whitepapers, articles, and blogs.