Microsoft, Law Enforcement Collaborate in Dorkbot Takedown

December 8, 2015

A coalition of law enforcement agencies worked together recently to disrupt Dorkbot, a botnet that’s managed to infect more than one million machines in 190 countries during the last year.

Researchers with Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center announced the news via a post on the MMPC blog.

Two divisions within Microsoft, the Malware Protection Center and the Digital Crimes Unit, worked with ESET and Poland’s Computer Emergency Response Team to analyze the botnet. When it was time to take action, the groups were joined by a handful of law enforcement groups: Europol, the FBI, Interpol, DHS/US CERT, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

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