Takedown of Russian botnet is a huge victory for the nerds

Necurs had run rampant around the globe for eight years before it was finally stopped

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
15th March, 2020
Takedown of Russian botnet is a huge victory for the nerds
Necurs was a botnet that infected nine million computers across the world

Last Tuesday brought a rare bit of good news in an otherwise bleak week. While the rest of us were glued to the coronavirus updates, nerds managed to take down one of the biggest cybercrime operations to ever exist – and did so largely without the aid of state-level authorities.

Microsoft deservedly took the lion’s share of the credit for its part in dismantling Necurs, a botnet that infected nine million computers across the world...

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