E&T news story: massive network of hijacked computers taken down
A cyber security news story from E&T online
A massive network of hacked computers connected to a botnet known as Avalanche has been taken down after police raids in ten countries.
The network, one of the largest in the world with 50,000 computers connected to it, has been used by attackers since 2009 to send millions of phishing and spam emails containing attachments with malicious software. When users opened the attachment or clicked on the link, their infected computers became part of the botnet.
The Avalanche botnet is believed to had been used to target online banking systems and knock out websites, according to German police, who led the operation to take it down.