//FBI brings down massive botnet that infected more than 700,000 computers

FBI brings down massive botnet that infected more than 700,000 computers

Illustration by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

The US government just helped dismantle a massive network of computers infected with one of the world’s most notorious pieces of malware. According to the FBI, a multinational effort led by the US took down Qakbot, a malware that made its way into over 700,000 computers around the globe.

Hackers typically target victims with Qakbot by sending them spam emails containing malicious attachments or links. As soon as a victim downloads the attachment or clicks the link, Qakbot infects their computer, which then becomes part of a botnet — or a network of infected computers controlled remotely by hackers. From there, bad actors can install additional malware on their victims’ devices, such as ransomware.

Today, #FBI Director Christopher Wray…

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