A four year investigation by German police has culminated in a coordinated takedown of around 830,000 domains used to control hundreds of thousands of ransomware infections. An international law-enforcement operation dubbed Avalanche has decapitated a massive malware network behind notorious file-encrypting ransomware such as Teslacrypt and Cerber. The malware network has been in operation since 2009, underpinned by around 600 servers and 830,000 domains that were used to distribute ransomware and manage infected computers. On an average day, the network was responsible for herding about 500,000 bots and sent over one million spam email with malicious attachments, according to Europol.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: CSO