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Rustock Civil Case Concludes; Criminal Evidence Handed Over to FBI

Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit today announced that the closure of the civil case against the Rustock botnet operators and turned evidence found during that investigation over to the FBI as a criminal referral to help ensure those responsible for operating the Rustock botnet are held accountable for their actions.

“While the FBI will be driving that investigation, it is important to note that Microsoft ‘s $250,000 reward offer for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Rustock’s operators remains in effect, but now any tips should be sent directly to the FBI at [email protected],” stated Richard Domingues Boscovich, Senior Attorney, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit.

Richard writes “We will continue to work with ISPs and CERTs to clean infected computers utilizing the telemetry we receive from having control of Rustock’s command and control domains. Since the takedown in March, and through this cooperation, the Rustock botnet has declined in volume by almost 75%. You can see more about the overall volume at peak in the special edition of our Security Intelligence Report on Rustock which we released in June.”

If you believe you may have a computer under your control which is infected with Rustock, you can find support information here. “It’s our recommendation that any system infected with Rustock be cleaned with a full antivirus product as our telemetry shows that machines infected with Rustock are generally infected with other malicious software as well,” noted Richard.

You can find more videos over at Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Newsroom: Video Gallery.

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