How To Tell If Your Computer Was Infected By The Bamital Botnet

Microsoft and Symantec say they worked together to bring down a worldwide cyber crime operation.

Technicians from Microsoft and Symantec Corp. shut down the web search function for thousands of PCs to disrupt a global cyber crime operation known as the Bamital botnet, Reuters first reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, experts from the organizations obtained a court order and shut down servers at a data center in New Jersey and convinced operators in Virginia to shut down a server they control in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Technicians also pushed out automatic messages to users to use free tools to clean their possibly infected PCs in order to restore search functions. Shutting down the servers, Microsoft said on its blog, severs the communication between the botnet and the malware infected computers under its control.

"Because this threat exploited the search and online advertising platform to harm innocent people, Microsoft and Symantec chose to take action against the Bamital botnet to help protect people and advance cloud security for everyone," Microsoft said in a statement.

Microsoft and Symantec believe they succeeded in bringing down the Bamital botnet, according to Microsoft's blog.

[Photo courtesy of Microsoft]

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  • Jeff Lindsay

    Misleading title. Article doesn't really tell users how to do anything at all, though the fine print in the image does, sort of. If you go to the MIcrosoft blog and follow a link, you'll find the Microsoft Safety Scanner program that you can run: http://www.microsoft.com/secur...