Operation b70

During Operation b70, Microsoft discovered that retailers were selling computers loaded with counterfeit versions of Windows software embedded with harmful malware. Microsoft has found that cybercriminals were using new computers to spread the emerging Nitol botnet. Microsoft took action against the Nitol botnet as part of the Project MARS (Microsoft Active Response for Security) Program commitment to proactively eliminate malware threats that target end customers and cloud-based services.

Read more here – http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2012/09/13/microsoft-disrupts-the-emerging-nitol-botnet-being-spread-through-an-unsecure-supply-chain.aspx

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