A Big Win in the Malware Wars

Yesterday, the U.S. Justice Department announced a “multi-national effort to disrupt the Gameover Zeus Botnet – a global network of infected victim computers used by cyber criminals to steal millions of dollars from businesses and consumers.”

Here’s a snapshot of what happened:

  • Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, of the Russian Federation was charged yesterday with 14 counts of conspiracy, computer hacking, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering. Bogachev is alleged to be the administrator of the Gameover Zeus botnet. He was separately charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud related “Jabber Zeus,” an earlier version of the malware.
  • Law enforcement officials from the U.S. and other countries worked together to seize computers that spread the Cryptolocker ransomware, which locks files on a victim’s computers until they pay a fee to the criminals.
  • Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole credited a broad coalition of “private industry experts and law enforcement counterparts in more than 10 countries around the world” with the department’s success in disabling Gameover Zeus and Cryptolocker.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness team (US-CERT) has created a website to help consumers remove the malware from their computers.

DOJ cited a number of U.S. agencies involved in the operation, as well as agencies in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Ukraine, the European Cybercrime Centre, and several private sector companies, including Dell SecureWorks and CrowdStrike.

For more details on the government actions, go to the DOJ press release.

The indictment is an accusation; the defendant “is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

NOTE: Dell is a BBB Accredited Business. 

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About Katherine Hutt

Katherine R. Hutt, Director of Communications and Media Relations with the Council of Better Business Bureaus, is an award-winning communicator who has been helping nonprofit organizations tell their stories for the past 25 years. She was a CBBB consultant on numerous projects for more than a decade before joining the staff in 2011.