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Cybercrime, Emotet botnet disrupted in an international coordinated effort

Europol: the Emotet botnet disrupted in an international coordinated effort

Emotet botnet has been disrupted in an international coordinated action. It has been announced by Europol cybersecurity experts. This operation is the result of a collaborative effort between authorities in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Lithuania, Canada and Ukraine, with international activity coordinated by Europol and Eurojust. Moreover, it was carried out in the framework of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT). The infrastructure that was used by malware cybercrime actors involved several hundreds of servers located across the world, all of these having different functionalities in order to manage the computers of the infected victims, to spread to new ones, to serve other criminal groups, and to ultimately make the network more resilient against takedown attempts.

The cybersecurity experts: The malware infrastructure has been hit from inside and infected machines by cybercrime actors have been redirected towards another one controlled by law enforcements

According to Europol, to severely disrupt the Emotet infrastructure, law enforcement teamed up together to create an effective operational strategy. It resulted in this week’s action whereby law enforcement and judicial authorities gained control of the infrastructure and took it down from the inside. The infected machines of victims have been redirected towards this law enforcement-controlled infrastructure.  This is a unique and new approach to effectively disrupt the activities of the facilitators of cybercrime. Furthermore, a database containing e-mail addresses, usernames and passwords stolen by the malware was discovered. As part of the global remediation strategy, in order to initiate the notification of those affected and the cleaning up of the systems, information was distributed worldwide via the network of so-called Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs).

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