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Oct 16, 2020

U.S. Cyber Command Says it Nuked Trickbot, but Microsoft and Chums Claim Credit

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, law

In the dog days of last week, a shadowy group of secret sources in U.S. Cyber Command whispered to reporters that they’d disrupted a huge, ransomware-spewing botnet. Trickbot, closely related to Emotet and Ryuk, is believed to be managed by Russian criminals.

But today, Microsoft and friends are saying the disruption was actually down to them—awks. The consortium of industry players has developed a new legal mechanism to remove the botnet’s servers from the net and they say it’s working.

They’re basically using international copyright law to do takedowns, arguing that “malicious use” of Windows and Office is actionable in court. In today’s SB Blogwatch, we DMCA ur C2 and pwn ur zombies.

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