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Microsoft helps bust up cybergang operation

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Thursday, June 06, 2013

USA Today: Microsoft orchestrated the bust-up of another botnet operation that stole $500 million.

These bad guys – operators of the sprawling Citadel botnet -- make the fictional band of sophisticated thieves from the movie Ocean's 11 look like amateurs. Authorities estimate they've scored more than $500 million from banks in the United States and abroad by accessing online accounts and rerouting funds.

A botnet is a collection of hundreds to thousands of infected PCs that respond to commands routed through a command-and-control server, which is also an infected PC.

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