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Conquering the Coreflood botnet

May 10th, 2011 No comments

The FBI and U.S. Department of Justice announced an operation to take down the Coreflood botnet.

The term bot is short for robot. Criminals distribute malicious software (also known as malware) that can turn your computer into a bot (also known as a zombie). When this occurs, your computer can perform automated tasks over the Internet, without you knowing it.

Criminals typically use bots to infect large numbers of computers. These computers form a network, or a botnet.

To avoid becoming part of a cybercriminals botnet, see How to better protect your PC with botnet protection and avoid malware.

Microsoft supports the effort to take down this and other botnets, and we’ve added Coreflood malware detection to the Microsoft Security Scanner.

For more information, see FBI and DOJ take on the Coreflood botnet.