Microsoft, Kaspersky Take Down Fast-Spreading Simda Botnet
Interpol and European authorities take down a second botnet, cooperating this time with Microsoft, Kaspersky Lab and Trend Micro.International law-enforcement authorities at Interpol teamed up with Microsoft, the Cyber Defense Institute in Japan, and security firms Kaspersky Lab and Trend Micro to take down a second major botnet last week, in a coordinated effort to disrupt the criminal operation, the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) said in a statement on April 13. The botnet, known as Simda.AT, has infected more than 770,000 systems in the past six months, attempting to redirect Internet traffic and download additional malware to compromised computers. Microsoft's Digital Crime Unit (DCU) alerted law enforcement to the botnet following a dramatic increase in activity, IGCI stated. The groups detected approximately 90,000 newly infected systems in the United States in the first two months of this year, according the IGCI. The botnet's operators would steal information from compromised systems, re-route network traffic, and use their access to install other malware and software, Jon Clay, senior manager for global threat communications for Trend Micro, told eWEEK. "With this botnet, their intention was to infect as many people as possible," he said. "And once they infected them, they could do pretty much anything they wanted to with these victims, whether it was steal financial information, use their systems to launch denial-of-service attacks or spam, or sell (access to) their computers off to other criminals."
The takedown of the Simda botnet came as European law-enforcement agencies teamed up with private companies to shutter another botnet, Beebone, a smaller, but more elusive, network of compromised computers. In both cases, the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit played a crucial role, according to statements issued by participants.