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05.12.2017

The downhill of Andromeda

Employees of Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the FBI, Germany's Luneburg Central Criminal Investigation Inspectorate and various other law enforcement institutions conducted a joint operation as a result of which one of the largest botnets – Andromeda – was dismantled. Specialists of private companies and non-profits, including Microsoft, ESET and ICANN corporation, also took part in the operation.

Malware Andromeda, (AKA Gamarue and Wauchos) was discovered in September 2011. It was designed to compromise personal data, infect devices with additional malware and unite them in botnets. According to Europol, only in the last six months botnet Andromeda infected at least one million devices every month. It was also used to distribute around 80 malware families, spam mailings and organization of DDoS attacks.

During the operation around 1500 domains were blocked and over 2 million IP addresses that contacted them from 223 countries were discovered. It was also reported that a suspect of botnet organization in Belarus was arrested; however, there hasn’t been any additional information of that matter.


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