Microsoft fights massive ransomware botnet

Cybercrime may not be as cool as my brain thinks it every time I hear it, but it’s a huge problem. Even in 2022, we can still successfully run sophisticated phishing scams targeting fairly savvy PC users. Some of these digital attacks are huge and consist of large numbers of bad actors around the world who then go on to infect more machines. These form so-called botnets, like the million-strong botnet that Google recently faced, and they cause devastating damage to innocent people around the world.

Microsoft recently announced legal and technical action against Zloader, another problematic botnet that is disrupting people’s lives. Zloader is a notorious botnet that runs on computers all over the world, even in hospitals and schools. It’s known for installing malware and then blackmailing users, even selling the ability to distribute ransomware to other criminals.