Cryptocurrency News Today: Cops Hijack Botnet, Remotely Wipe Malware From 850,000 Computers
French police, with help from an antivirus firm, took control of a server that was used by cybercriminals to spread a worm programmed to mine Cryptocurrency from more than 850,000 computers. Once in control of the server, the police remotely removed the malware from those computers. Motherboard reports: Antivirus firm Avast, which helped France’s National Gendarmerie cybercrime center, announced the operation on Wednesday. Avast said that they found that the command and control server, which was located in France, had a design flaw in its protocol that made it possible to remove the malware without “making the victims execute any extra code,” as the company explained in its lengthy report.
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