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Botnet Fights Back After Microsoft’s Election Security Takedown

Oct. 20, 2020, 5:00 PM

A week after Microsoft Corp. led a global attack against one of the world’s most prolific malware groups, the company says it’s winning an ongoing battle to temporarily destabilize the malicious botnet ahead of the U.S. presidential election.

When Microsoft and its coalition of partners attacked the infrastructure supporting the popular Trickbot malware, they identified 69 servers and routers hosting the botnet around the world. As of Oct. 18, they’d compromised 62 of them, according to a Microsoft statement. A botnet is a network of computers infected with malware.

In response, Microsoft observed Trickbot’s operators attempt to add 59 new...

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