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What does it take to fight ransomware and botnets?

Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit at Microsoft Cybercrime Center

Ransomware is a type of malware that holds computer systems or data hostage with demands for payment. And it has been used against a wide variety of targets, including governments, businesses and health care facilities. Ransomware distributors are also part of a wider web of digital menace that has threatened election security.

In October 2020, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit worked with a coalition of partners to disrupt Trickbot, one of the most infamous botnets and prolific distributors of ransomware. While disrupting a botnet is challenging work and success varies over time, Microsoft and its partners were able to disrupt 94% of Trickbot's critical operational infrastructure in six days. Visit Microsoft on the Issues to read about the Digital Crimes Unit and how they work to disrupt cybercrime.


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