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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Antibot: Network-based botnet removal tool

ZeroAccess, the world’s fastest-growing botnet, infected millions of computers in 2012, using them to commit large-scale click fraud and Bitcoin (a digital currency) mining.  Zeus, which is also a banking trojan, causes millions of dollars in loss to its victims by siphoning money from their online bank accounts. F-Secure Antibot disinfects devices that are infected on a network by guiding the users through a simple self-cleaning process, cutting out the need to call the operator helpdesk. “Anywhere from 6% to 20% of people, depending on the study, still don’t use antivirus software,” says Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure.

A bot (short for robot) is a malware-infected PC or device that is remotely controlled by cybercriminals, and a botnet is a whole network of those infected devices.  Cybercriminals can use the device to make money by sending spam, displaying and clicking ads or in the case of a smartphone, sending text messages to premium numbers.

Helpdesk call volumes increase when customers experience slow connections or other problems, and infected devices that send spam take up bandwidth that slows down the network for everyone. By cleaning infected devices and restoring their performance, Antibot’s automated cleaning capabilities will turn a negative user experience into a positive one, and the reductions in volume and length of calls to operator support will result in considerable savings for operators.

A smooth user experience with few interaction steps keeps Antibot light for the consumer, and its “always up-to-date” status and capability to remove complex malware make it the most effective product of its kind.

Link: http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=14435

Posted on 02/19
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