Bamital botnet take-down scores a first as Microsoft notifies infected victims

Shuttles bogus search result clicks to a special page that sports explanation and links to clean-up tools

By , Computerworld |  Security, botnets, Microsoft

Thakur was confident that the Bamital notification would result in a dramatic decrease in the number of infected PCs. "Within six months, certainly in less than a year, I'd expect that 80% or 90% of the [infected] PCs would be cleaned," he said.

"We've drawn the line on code," said Thakur, referring to modifying the malware to render it impotent, or remotely cleaning victims' PCs without their knowledge. "But without crossing that line, we'll do whatever we can."

Symantec has published more information about Bamital in a research paper that can be downloaded free of charge from its website.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed. His email address is gkeizer@computerworld.com.

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