Emotet botnet goes offline as cops seize servers

by Jeremy

The Emotet botnet, one of the most widespread and dangerous cyber threats in operation today, has been forced offline in an international law enforcement operation by police on both sides of the Atlantic.

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The botnet’s infrastructure was taken down from the inside after being seized in the Europol-coordinated operation earlier this week. At the time of writing, the infected machines of Emotet’s victims are now being redirected to – or sinkhole within – this police-controlled infrastructure, which means it effectively poses no threat at this point because cybercriminals cannot access the machines, and further infections cannot spread. The infrastructure that Emotet used involved several hundreds of servers located across the world, all of these having different functionalities to manage the computers of the infected victims, to spread to new ones, to serve other criminal groups, and to make the network more resilient against takedown attempts ultimately,” said Europol in a statement.

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