Microsoft Assists The Department Of Justice In Dismantling Botnet

Software giant Microsoft has updated its Malicious Software Removal Tool to help the US government battle the Coreflood botnet.

In a blog post, the company said that the latest edition of the MSRT software will come with the ability to detect traces of the Afcore virus, which the Coreflood botnet is based on. The Afcore virus was released around the same time as when Microsoft released the first edition of the MSRT software.

The update comes as the US Department of Justices, along with other anti-cyber crime outfits procured court orders to bring down the servers that were found to be hosting and nurturing the botnet, which run a zombie network of thousands of infected machines.

The US Department of Justice has also said that it would participate in alerting users about the infected systems along with ISPs and anti-virus software makers.

“While MSRT has traditionally been released on the second Tuesday of the month alongside other security releases, we are not tied to this schedule. We can, and will, release MSRT as needed to support takedown activities or other times when the impact will be potentially significant,” Jeff Williams, principal group program manager for Microsoft Malware Protection Centre, said in a statement.