Malicious software distribution network taken down in Netherlands

16:36, October 27, 2010      

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Dutch police have taken down a malware (short for malicious software) distribution network operating in the Netherlands, local media reported on Tuesday.

The Dutch National Crime Squad said in a statement that the dismantled malware distribution network Bredolab is a botnet that has infected at least 30 million computers worldwide.

However, it said, the cybercriminals, who are probably based in the eastern part of Europe, haven't been caught yet.

The Bredolab network was used to distribute malware through social network sites and email attachments. Once the virus is installed on the computer, the so called Trojan horse can allow the download of additional malicious software.

The purpose of the virus is to obtain information about the user such as passwords and financial data by recording the keystrokes of the users. The Dutch High Tech Crime Team have estimated that at least 3.6 billion emails with the Bredolab virus were sent on a daily basis to unaware computer users.

The cybercriminals used the servers of LeaseWeb, which is the largest hosting provider in the Netherlands. This provider is now fully cooperating in the investigation that is led by the Dutch National Criminal Investigation.

They will warn the users of computers with viruses by sending out a notice with information on the status of the infection on their computer. Users will also receive an helpful advice on how to remove the viruses.



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