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Microsoft Completes Largest Cybercrime Bust to Date: Frees 4.7 Million Infected PCs

On July 11, Microsoft reported it had wrested control of 4.7 million infected PCs from cyber criminals. In doing so, the company temporarily cut off service to a Reno internet service provider.

Microsoft reacted quickly to the security breach by intercepting server traffic at its source at Vitalwerks Internet Solutions in Reno, Nevada. Although the company’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) credits the operation as its most successful to date, legitimate Vitalwerks users who experienced service interruptions criticized Microsoft’s approach.

According to the DCU, at least 4.7 million additional computers across the world remain infected and under the control of these cyber crooks.

This case represents the first incident of its scope and magnitude originating from malware not created in Eastern Europe. The most affected countries include India, Egypt, Brazil, Pakistan, Algeria, and Mexico.

According to Richard Domingues Boscovich, the DCU’s assistant general counsel, Microsoft will provide global authorities and internet service providers with the infected computers’ IP addresses, facilitating the swift removal of viruses. Affected individuals are likely not yet aware their computers have been infected.

Thanks to continuous advances in cybercrime prevention and detection, tech companies like Microsoft are taking swifter and stronger actions against malware and viruses. Soon, it will be difficult for cyber criminals anywhere in the world to carry out their virtual attacks. This is bad news for them, but it helps individual and corporate computer users rest easier.

The laws governing internet use are varied and complex. You likely do not sit at the helm of an international cybercrime ring, but if your internet activities have placed you at the center of a cybercrime investigation, you need a strong legal defense.

Florida cybercrimes attorney David Seltzer has years of experience defending clients against various types of internet-related charges. To learn how Seltzer Mayberg, LLC can help you present a compelling defense, contact us at 1 888-THE-DEFENSE (888-843-3333) to set up a free consultation today.

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