Microsoft's botnet take-down helps protect Mac users

Side effect of Kelihos botnet disruption kills domains used to spread MacDefender scareware

By , Computerworld |  Security, botnet, MacDefender

Operation Trident Tribunal had targeted criminals who purportedly infected nearly a million PCs with scareware, and raked in $72 million in revenues from the scam.

"[MacDefender] seems to have faded away," agreed James of Intego. "I think a combination of the amount of press it got, and some arrests of people behind fake antivirus, stopped it or made it go dormant."

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