The FBI caught 10 people from Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the United States, all whom which they had numerous search warrants and conducted a worldwide investigation against considering the dangerous Butterfly Botnet malware that infected more than 11 million computers and caused more than $850 million in loses by stealing computer users’ credit, bank account, and other personal information.
See also: FBI virus
Facebook’s security team helped provide the FBI with the root cause of the individuals responsible for the botnet that claimed more than $850,000,000 and provided significant information concerning the perpetrators to law enforcement and those affected by the malware. Facebook was able to detect affected accounts and provide tools to remove these threats.
“Botnet” is short for robot network; botnets are made up of compromised computer systems and can be utilized by cyber criminals to execute distributed DDOS attacks, send spam e-mails, and conduct criminal activity, including the distribution of malware and viruses such as the FBI virus.
Cutting down on risks
- Update applications and operating system on a regular basis to reduce the .
- Perform daily Antivirus/Anti-Malware scans with reputable software. Always analyse software before considering to install software that may compromise your privacy.
- Disconnect from the Internet when you your computer is not in use.
Computer users who believe they have been victimized should file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.