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Mon Oct 12, 2020, 07:24 AM

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Microsoft disrupts Russian criminal botnet it fears could seek to sow confusion in the presidential election.

The software giant won a court order to seize servers used by the Trickbot botnet, a network of infected computers that Microsoft says might have been used to lock up voter-registration systems

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/10/12/microsoft-trickbot-ransomware/

Microsoft has taken legal steps to dismantle one of the world’s largest botnets, an effort it says is aimed at thwarting criminal hackers who might seek to snarl up state and local computer systems used to maintain voter rolls or report on election results.

The company obtained an order from a federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia last week that gave Microsoft control of the Trickbot botnet, a global network it describes as the largest in the world. The company wants to disrupt hackers’ ability to operate with the election barely three weeks away.

Run by Russian-speaking criminals, the botnet poses a “theoretical but real” threat to election integrity by launching ransomware attacks, in which data is rendered inaccessible unless the victim pays a ransom, said Tom Burt, Microsoft’s vice president of customer security and trust.

Botnets are networks of computers secretly infected by malware that can be controlled remotely. They can be used to spread ransomware, as well as to send malicious spam email to unsuspecting recipients. Trickbot is malware that can steal financial and personal data, and drop other malicious software, such as ransomware, onto infected systems.

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Reply Microsoft disrupts Russian criminal botnet it fears could seek to sow confusion in the ... (Original post)
ItsjustMe Oct 12 OP
AZ8theist Oct 12 #1
Raster Oct 12 #4
TomVilmer Oct 12 #8
ItsjustMe Oct 12 #9
Laha Oct 12 #11
ItsjustMe Oct 12 #12
Laha Oct 12 #13
TomVilmer Oct 12 #14
ihas2stinkyfeet Oct 12 #2
Hotler Oct 12 #3
Raster Oct 12 #5
groundloop Oct 12 #6
AZ8theist Oct 12 #7
progressoid Oct 12 #10
mdbl Oct 12 #15
ItsjustMe Oct 12 #17
mdbl Oct 12 #18
AllyCat Oct 13 #19
DallasNE Oct 12 #16

Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 08:12 AM

1. FUCKING RUSSIANS. I FUCKING HATE RUSSIANS.

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Response to AZ8theist (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 08:51 AM

4. +100

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Response to AZ8theist (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 09:14 AM

8. I freaking love the Russian people...

... but I do have a big problem with their elected leader. And I do feel the same way about people in the United States .

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Response to TomVilmer (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 09:25 AM

9. Many of the Russian women

On these live cams girl sites are beautiful.

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Response to ItsjustMe (Reply #9)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 09:50 AM

11. I hope you've got good malware protection

And maybe a VPN

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Response to Laha (Reply #11)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 09:57 AM

12. I have both

but these are legit websites, Chaturbate Is my favorite, Flirt 4 Free Is also good.

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Response to ItsjustMe (Reply #12)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 10:05 AM

13. Haha, nice

They sound like a fun thing to look into on a lazy long weekend when you can't really go anywhere. .

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Response to ItsjustMe (Reply #9)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 10:06 AM

14. Prejudice and xenophobia exist in many places...

... but I do not believe it is part of the 2020 Democratic Platform.

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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 08:40 AM

2. i got a 'extended warranty' call from russia the other day.

 

i switched carriers in may and got a new number.
i have gotten a lot of these calls. but the one w a russia area code was a surprise.


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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 08:46 AM

3. Is a tip of the hat due to Microsoft for being proactive?

I think so,

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Response to Hotler (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 08:53 AM

5. Thanks, MSFT!...

... I think all of the tech companies are starting to realize they are on shaky ground with some Americans.

Personally, I want to see Farcebook* broken up and would not mind seeing Mark ZuckTheFuck* do a little prison time.

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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 08:56 AM

6. AND..... Where is our Justice Department with all of this going on?

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Response to groundloop (Reply #6)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 09:01 AM

7. The TRAITOR Bill Barr is COMPLICIT.

They are JUST FINE with the treason....

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Response to groundloop (Reply #6)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 09:41 AM

10. Exactly.

Also, the FBI.

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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 10:15 AM

15. Putin and gang have shed a bad light on the Russian people in general

I remember talking to a Russian transplant just before the 2016 election who said her family still living in Moscow thought it was comical that we thought that Russia was to blame for the rise of Donald Trump. They really didn't know what was actually happening. I just responded that I blamed to stupidity of the American electorate for allowing anyone like Trump to even gain a foothold in our government. That ended the conversation.

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Response to mdbl (Reply #15)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 10:25 AM

17. Most Russian people do not like Putin

Check out this video

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Response to ItsjustMe (Reply #17)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 10:30 AM

18. ROFL that's awesome!

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Response to ItsjustMe (Reply #17)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 06:31 AM

19. Omg this has me chuckling!!! Too funny!

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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Mon Oct 12, 2020, 10:18 AM

16. Why Isn't The Justice Department Doing This

Instead of Microsoft? Perhaps because they have been working in concert with Russia? This mkes our Justice Department look weak, inept and crooked.

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