Microsoft offers update on Bamital botnet clean up efforts

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the company teamed up with Symantec to shut down the criminal Bamital botnet that had infected over eight million computers with malware. The efforts included raids on web hosting facilities in Virginia and New Jersey.

This week, Microsoft offered an update on their efforts to clean up the effects of the Bamital botnet. As of February 18th, Microsoft said that 32 percent of the PCs that were a part of the botnet are no longer connected to the network. The company said:

This promising reduction rate is largely due to the takedown of the botnet and victims taking action in response to the proactive notification process and available cleanup tools. We expect that the number of victim notifications and cleaned computers will improve as we fine-tune our process over the course of the next several weeks.

Microsoft also said that it has signed a settlement agreement with a person known only as "John Doe 12" for his involvement in the botnet. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Microsoft also secured a positive legal decision in the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that will enable the company to keep the domains that the Bamital botnet used shut down, along with pointing any infected PCs to Microsoft’s domain name system.

Microsoft said the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) played a major role in taking down the botnet. It will continue to work with other such response teams and ISPs to free all the other PCs of the botnet's malware.

Source: Microsoft blog | Image via Microsoft

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Microsoft is doing a great job to make the internet a better place for the none techies. thank you. it makes my life a whole lot easier cause i'm the go-to guy when something happens to computers around me.

do you know what it's like doing a walk-though process over the phone with someone who doesn't even know what the start menu is? or when you tell them to open file explorer, they then open internet explorer and say it's open....? it's a big mountain of frustrating hell, that's what it is.

I was in a similar situation to that trying to walk my Dad through something, in the end I gave up and remoted into his PC.

That's the entire basis for apple company, they created products that even stupid could use cause they can't be the part of smarter society.

ctrl_alt_delete said,
Microsoft is doing a great job to make the internet a better place for the none techies. thank you. it makes my life a whole lot easier cause i'm the go-to guy when something happens to computers around me.

do you know what it's like doing a walk-though process over the phone with someone who doesn't even know what the start menu is? or when you tell them to open file explorer, they then open internet explorer and say it's open....? it's a big mountain of frustrating hell, that's what it is.

Yeah, as long as you forgive them for changing the name of services and applications randomly over the years, or giving them names that are the same as other products.

MSN/Hotmail/passport/live/Microsoft account.. or Windows Mail, Windows Live mail, windows live mail desktop, Windows Mail app, Hotmail, outlook email, outlook express, outlook...
or msn messenger, windows messenger, windows live messenger, messages app, Skype desktop, Skype app.. and their loving emails they're recently sent out telling everyone to upgrade to Skype. Not only did they link to the desktop program but users on Widows 8, who's email is a Microsoft account used to sign into a windows 8 machine are still told to 'upgrade', not even to the app but to the desktop version.

Wouldn't mind but the entire messenger/Skype thing is messed up as it is with linked accounts, they're pretty much trying to killed it off.. but yeah, you get the idea, branding isn't the best in the world and leads to more confusion about what is what then anything else.

sagum said,

Yeah, as long as you forgive them for changing the name of services and applications randomly over the years, or giving them names that are the same as other products.

MSN/Hotmail/passport/live/Microsoft account.. or Windows Mail, Windows Live mail, windows live mail desktop, Windows Mail app, Hotmail, outlook email, outlook express, outlook...
or msn messenger, windows messenger, windows live messenger, messages app, Skype desktop, Skype app.. and their loving emails they're recently sent out telling everyone to upgrade to Skype. Not only did they link to the desktop program but users on Widows 8, who's email is a Microsoft account used to sign into a windows 8 machine are still told to 'upgrade', not even to the app but to the desktop version.

Wouldn't mind but the entire messenger/Skype thing is messed up as it is with linked accounts, they're pretty much trying to killed it off.. but yeah, you get the idea, branding isn't the best in the world and leads to more confusion about what is what then anything else.

I think you went a little bit off board....or way overboard. I can almost bet that most of those services you've mentioned you haven't used. You probably don't even know what msn was or even passport.

With passport Microsoft was ahead of its time. Or its more like other companies didn't want to join in with Microsoft at the time. It was supposed to be that you could use a Microsoft passport account to sign into any online service just like you currently can with a Facebook or Gmail account. Microsoft was years ahead with this idea.

Windows Mail is an application that was included into every windows install. But just like they got sued for including windows media player it was better for them to remove it from the os therefor they rolled it all into windows live services.

Outlook and outlook express are applications that offers a whole lot. If
you haven't used anything but just plain old email then outlook wouldn't be of much use to you. You're mixing up desktop applications with Web services just to make your point. That's not cool man. You shouldn't need to do that to make your point.

sagum said,

Yeah, as long as you forgive them for changing the name of services and applications randomly over the years, or giving them names that are the same as other products.

MSN/Hotmail/passport/live/Microsoft account.. or Windows Mail, Windows Live mail, windows live mail desktop, Windows Mail app, Hotmail, outlook email, outlook express, outlook...
or msn messenger, windows messenger, windows live messenger, messages app, Skype desktop, Skype app.. and their loving emails they're recently sent out telling everyone to upgrade to Skype. Not only did they link to the desktop program but users on Widows 8, who's email is a Microsoft account used to sign into a windows 8 machine are still told to 'upgrade', not even to the app but to the desktop version.

Wouldn't mind but the entire messenger/Skype thing is messed up as it is with linked accounts, they're pretty much trying to killed it off.. but yeah, you get the idea, branding isn't the best in the world and leads to more confusion about what is what then anything else.


Yeah do know the antithrust cases forced MS to keep products separate, having to rename them to keep out of trouble. And recent years they've been trying to unify all these services into standard packages and part of a big whole Microsoft.
It's annoying, granted. But if you know why, you cannot blame Microsoft.

And about Skype, I cant seem to follow you. I use the desktop app and metro app side by side. Although I use the metro app allot more then the desktop app, it just lacks features which I hope will be added soon.
And I use a MS account to sign in to Windows (be it under Live Domains) and I don't get Skype or anything bugging me to upgrade.