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Botnet Takedowns Can Incur Collateral Damage | DarkReading

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Microsoft Zeus botnet case demonstrates risks, challenges associated with takedowns when multiple groups are tracking the same botnet.

Sometimes the good guys get caught in the crossfire of the war against botnets.

But that risk comes with the territory these days in botnet fighting as security firms are engaging more aggressively with botnet operations, and overlapping research can be inadvertently destroyed along with part of the botnet. That was apparent last week when a Dutch security firm blasted Microsoft for damaging the firm’s own investigation — as well as investigations by other unnamed organizations — into a Zeus botnet where Microsoft physically confiscated two command and control servers. Microsoft’s senior attorney for its Digital Crimes Unit Richard Boscovich later said in a statement the company would be happy to discuss with Fox-IT some “misunderstandings” about the operation, but Fox-IT says not heard from the software giant as of late last week.

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