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Feb232013

Microsoft: Cyberattack “Is No Surprise”; Bamital Botnet Takedown Cleanup Underway

In other news, after reported by Facebook and Apple of having received cyber attack, Microsoft just confirm that they also recently experienced a similar cyber security intrusion stating this type of cyberattack is no surprise to Microsoft and other companies that must grapple with determined and persistent adversaries.

Microsoft adds that “During our investigation, we found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit, that were infected by malicious software using techniques similar to those documented by other organizations,” wrote Matt Thomlinson, GM, Trustworthy Computing Security.

“We have no evidence of customer data being affected and our investigation is ongoing,” Thomlinson added.

In other news, in the first week of this month, Microsoft and Symantec takendown the Bamital botnet–today, announced that it “remains offline” as on today. And, since it is offline, Microsoft was able to receive all of the computer traffic that had been connecting to the botnet, and is now seeing cleanup results.

Bamital’s command and control structure was using several “.In” top level domains of India to control infected computers around the world.

“Our preliminary data shows that as of February 18th, approximately 32 percent of the infected computers we had observed since the February 6th takedown are no longer part of the Bamital botnet. We expect that the number of victim notifications and cleaned computers will improve as we fine-tune our process over the course of the next several weeks,” the company stated.

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