Microsoft's Botnet Takedown Campaign: 10 Reasons It Keeps Doing It
NEWS ANALYSIS: Microsoft has successfully worked with the FBI to take down a $500 million botnet. But why it’s working so hard to root out botnets might have to do with more than just your security.Microsoft and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced on June 6 that they successfully took down a $500 million botnet that was using infected computers around the world to spread even more malware among unsuspecting users. It was the latest in a relatively long line of wins for Microsoft, which has been actively taking down botnets over the last few years. It also did a bit to improve Microsoft’s security cred in the marketplace. Still, some wonder why Microsoft is spending so much time taking down botnets. It’s obvious that the company’s work is good for all Windows users, and it’s something that needs to be done. But why has the software giant made botnets its chief targets? Are there not other possible targets the company could take on that would deal a major blow to malicious hackers? It’s tough to say. Most security experts would balk at the idea of saying that there is any one way to take down botnets or some of the other worrisome cyber-security threats around the world.
Regardless, Microsoft is taking down botnets and its work is far from finished. Read on to find out why Microsoft is keeping botnets in the crosshairs.