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Justice Dept. Targets Botnet Cybercrime Operations; Robert Anderson Comments

CyberCrimeKeyboardThe Justice Department has collaborated with European law enforcement agencies to uncover a network of cybercrime operations believed to have stolen more than $100 million from victims worldwide, FedScoop reported Monday.

Dan Verton writes the FBI worked to search and seize the Cryptolocker ransomware and GameOver Zeus botnet servers responsible for infecting the victims’ computers with malware that steals banking credentials.

“The efforts announced today are a direct result of the effective relationships we have with our partners in the private sector, international law enforcement, and within the U.S. government,” said Robert Anderson, FBI executive assistant director.

“GameOver Zeus is the most sophisticated botnet the FBI and our allies have ever attempted to disrupt,” he added.

Cyber criminals used the Cryptolocker tool to demand ransom money from victims in exchange for the key to their locked computer.

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