A US court has given Microsoft permission to disrupt the Zloader criminal botnet. The hardware and software company then took control of 65 domain names used by the hacker group. The administrators are expected to try to revive Zloader in the near future.
Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) writes this in a weblog.
This is what you need to know about Zloader
Zloader is malware that developers used to steal usernames, passwords and other financial information. With this data, they tried to steal money from unsuspecting victims. Zloader also included components to disable popular antivirus programs. In this way, the developers made sure that people did not notice that their computer was infected. The network of infected computers, also known as a botnet, was constantly expanding.
In recent years, Zloader offers its botnet to facilitate the spread of malware. The infamous hacker group Ryuk used this service. Members of this group have hacked several hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the recent past. They made sure that medical and other patient data was inaccessible to doctors. The hospitals received the decryption key against the payment of a ransom.
Microsoft hijacks dozens of domains from Zloader
In short, Zloader is a dangerous malware that has infected millions of computers in business, healthcare, education and individuals. Thus, the botnet is called a worldwide network. For that reason, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) keeps a close eye on the botnet.
This week, the American hardware and software company dealt a major blow to the Zloader botnet. A court