Microsoft battles against malware crime groups in Algeria, Kuwait

Microsoft has a legal civil suit against two individuals and a company, in an effort to clamp down on malware that hit millions of Internet users worldwide.

Published Mon, Jun 30 2014 7:34 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

Malware linked back to cybercriminals in Algeria and Kuwait was disrupted when Microsoft named several parties in a civil suit accused of creating malicious code that infected millions of victims. The strategy is a unique new method by Microsoft, attempting to disrupt communication channels used by cybercriminals and the infected PCs they've compromised.

Microsoft battles against malware crime groups in Algeria, Kuwait | TweakTown.com

The foreign nationals, Naser Al Mutairi and Mohamed Benabdellah, along with the Vitalwerks Internet Solutions domain hosting company - almost 94 percent of compromised machines used Vitalwerks servers so the criminals were able to control the machines - in a rather clever method to try to stay under the radar.

Meanwhile, Vitalwerks claims millions of Internet users have suffered disrupted service because of the legal proceedings. Microsoft didn't directly say Vitalwerks was involved in the cybercriminal activities, but said the company didn't do enough to prevent it.

"We have never seen malware coded outside Eastern Europe that is as big as this," said Richard Domingues Boscovich, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit assistant general counsel. "This really demonstrates the globalization of cybercrime."

NEWS SOURCE:reuters.com

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