FBI and Microsoft take down $500m-theft botnet Citadel

290_botThe FBI and Microsoft have broken up a huge network of hijacked home computers responsible for stealing more than $500m (£323m) from bank accounts.

The Citadel network had remotely installed a keylogging program on about five million machines to steal data.

About 1,000 of the 1,400 or so networks that made up the Citadel botnet are believed to have been shut down.

Co-ordinated action in 80 countries by police forces, tech firms and banking bodies helped to disrupt the network.  Read the entire article >>

Source: BBC.com 

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Microsoft, FBI Take Down ‘Citadel’ Botnet Targeting Bank Info

from: PC mag.com | by Chloe Albanesius

Microsoft today announced that, in coordination with the FBI, it has disrupted more than 1,000 botnets used to steal people’s banking information and identities.

The malware, dubbed Citadel, resulted in losses of more than $500 million and affected more than 5 million people.

Most were located in the U.S., Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, and Australia, but Microsoft has found evidence of Citadel in more than 90 countries. Read the entire article  >>

Source: PC mag.com | by Chloe Albanesius