Govt Targets Ring Infecting 2.3 Million Computers

Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 05:57 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI and Justice Department cyber investigators are moving to disable a ring of international computer thieves who have stolen an undetermined amount of money by infecting over 2.3 million computers with malicious software.

The government says this is the biggest such enforcement action ever taken against cyber criminals by U.S. authorities.

The investigators are targeting a software program called Coreflood that exploits a vulnerability in computers running Windows operating systems and allows infected computers to be controlled remotely.

Some 1.8 million of the infected computers are in the United States, with the remainder in countries around the world.

The U.S. attorney for Connecticut, David Fein, says the government will seize servers and Internet domain names containing the Coreflood malware.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Newt Gingrich: Sony Hack Is America's First Cyberwar Defeat

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 22:43 PM

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Sony Pictures' decision to cancel the release of the movie "The Interview" in th . . .

Obama Commutes Sentences of 8 Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 22:31 PM

President Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of eight federal drug offenders, including four who were set to di . . .

MLK III: It's 'Insanity' to Say 'Kill the Cops'

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 22:03 PM

Martin Luther King III, son of the civil rights icon, told Fox News on Wednesday that he doesn't think most of the peopl . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved