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October 2, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Microsoft reaches settlement with Nitol botnet defendants

Microsoft announced that it’s reached a settlement with operators of a domain that hosted the Nitol botnet, which, among other things, could lurk in brand new computers.

The settlement was reached in a case Microsoft brought before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, asking for permission to disrupt the botnet and to get a temporary restraining order against a Chinese businessman named Peng Yong, his company and other John Does. The lawsuit alleged that Yong’s domain, 3322.org, hosted the Nitol botnet as well as “contained a staggering 500 different strains of malware hosted on more than 70,000 sub-domains,” according to an official Microsoft blog post.

As part of the settlement, Yong has agreed to work with Microsoft and the Chinese Computer Emergency Response Team to complete steps to block all malicious connections to the 3322.org domain and to prevent malware infections associated with this domain, Microsoft said.

The company also says that in the 16 days since it began collecting data on the malicious subdomains, it has been able to block more than 609 million connections from more than 7,650,000 unique IP addresses to those subdomains.

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