Disruptive action by a collective of vendors has resulted in the removal of 43,000 instances of malicious tools.
Installed by “Axiom” attackers, 180 infections were instances of Hikit, a malware program used by Axiom for data exfiltration and persistence during the last stages of its attacks, according to Novetta, who led the coalition.
The clean-up effort was done through Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), which is updated and distributed through Windows Update monthly, and through the security products of other vendors involved in the operation.
A coalition of security vendors included Cisco Systems, Microsoft, FireEye, F-Secure, iSight Partners, Symantec, Tenable Network Security, ThreatConnect, ThreatTrack Security and Volexity.
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