Cybersecurity

Qakbot Malware Disrupted in International Cyber Takedown

By TFH,

Published on Aug 29, 2023   —   2 min read

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The Justice Department recently announced a multinational operation to disrupt the Qakbot malware and its infrastructure. This operation involved actions in the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Romania, and Latvia. The Qakbot malicious code is being deleted from victim computers, preventing it from doing any more harm. Additionally, approximately $8.6 million in cryptocurrency in illicit profits was seized. This action represents the largest U.S.-led financial and technical disruption of a botnet infrastructure leveraged by cybercriminals to commit ransomware, financial fraud, and other cyber-enabled criminal activities.

Introduction

In a world where cybercrime is becoming increasingly sophisticated and widespread, it is crucial for nations to collaborate and take decisive actions to combat this menace. Recently, the Justice Department announced a significant milestone in this fight - a multinational operation to disrupt and take down the infrastructure of the Qakbot malware, also known by various other names, including “Qbot” and “Pinkslipbot.”

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