Company’s Internet Crime Investigations Team supported law-enforcement
REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 26 -LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — Microsoft Corp. today commended Turkish and Moroccan law-enforcement authorities and the FBI for
their prompt arrest of the individuals believed to be responsible for the
creation and distribution of the recent Zotob and Mytob worms. Microsoft
worked closely with law-enforcement agencies in the U.S. and overseas to
provide investigative and technical support in the investigation.
On Thursday, Aug. 25, law-enforcement authorities in Morocco and Turkey
arrested the individuals believed to be the authors and distributors of the
worms, less than two weeks after the worms were unleashed.
Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel at Microsoft, said
the company’s ongoing partnerships with global law-enforcement authorities
help ensure that when malicious code such as Zotob and Mytob is released, that
information is shared rapidly to help law enforcement identify and hold
cybercriminals accountable for their actions and help protect customers.
“We congratulate the Turkish and Moroccan authorities and the FBI for
finding and apprehending the alleged authors and distributors of the Zotob and
Mytob worms so quickly,” Smith said. “This arrest demonstrates the value of
public-private collaboration — the first-class investigative work by the
authorities and round-the-clock technical and investigative support provided
by our Internet Crime Investigations Team here at Microsoft. The results show
clearly that cybercriminals will be identified, apprehended and held
accountable for their actions.”
Microsoft’s Internet Crime Investigations Team supported the investigation
with law enforcement immediately following the release of the two worms.
Microsoft provided technical information and analytical support to the FBI on
this case, which was then shared with Moroccan and Turkish authorities.
The most visible aspect of the Zotob worm is that it caused some computers
running Windows(R) 2000, which did not have security update MS05-039
installed, to automatically restart. More important, the Zotob and Mytob worms
infected unprotected computers, making it possible for them to be taken over
or hijacked by an unauthorized person. Computers infected in this manner are
commonly referred to as “bots” or “infected” or “zombie” computers. “Botnets”
are groups of hijacked computers that all connect to a central control
computer and await instructions, such as conducting a distributed denial of
service attack, stealing personal information or sending spam.
Microsoft officials said the Zotob and Mytob worms have been less damaging
than other network worms, in part because more customers have adopted a
maintenance mindset to keep their devices safe, such as practicing good
security behaviors, including using an Internet firewall, diligently
installing security updates, using up-to-date anti-virus software, and using
newer and more secure software.
Microsoft’s security and Internet safety efforts are focused in three
primary areas. Technology investments improve the security of its products,
improve the updating process, and provide new features and products that
improve safety. Industry partnerships with business partners, customers,
governments and law-enforcement agencies assist the development of policies
and actions that can be enforced against cybercriminals. And prescriptive
guidance and education provide broadly distributed, timely information to help
customers make their systems more secure and protected from emerging threats.
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