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Microsoft Downs Domain that Bred Botnet that Targeted Macs

Posted 02 October 2011 - 02:06 PM


Last week, at the request of Microsoft, a Virginia federal judge ordered VeriSign to shut down nearly two dozen domains linked to servers that controlled the Kelihos botnet.

One of those domains -- cz.cc -- had hosted machines that distributed waves of fake Mac antivirus software for weeks last spring, according to Microsoft and several security companies.

The fake programs, called "scareware" or "rogueware," began hitting users in early May and continued for nearly two months. Like similar -- and much more prevalent -- software aimed at Windows PCs, the Mac scareware falsely claimed that the computer was heavily infected.

Mac users can thank Microsoft for taking down a small but dangerous botnet.

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