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Microsoft takes down botnet that infected nine million devices

by Rob Thubron, TechSpot

Necurs was one of the largest botnets ever.

What just happened? Microsoft has revealed it was part of a team that took down the Necurs botnet. The network had infected over nine million devices worldwide, making it one of the world’s largest botnets. It was used to send malware-packed spam emails, steal login details, deliver ransomware, and more.

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The Botnet That Broke the Internet Isn’t Going Away

by Lily Hay Newman, WIRED

When the BOTNET named Mirai first appeared in September, it announced its existence with dramatic flair. After flooding a prominent security journalist’s website with traffic from zombie Internet of Things devices, it managed to make much of the internet unavailable for millions of people by overwhelming Dyn, a company that provides a significant portion of the US internet’s backbone. Since then, the number attacks have only increased. What’s increasingly clear is that Mirai is a powerfully disruptive force. What’s increasingly not? How to stop it. Continue reading The Botnet That Broke the Internet Isn’t Going Away