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Andromeda botnet taken down, Belarusian involved arrested

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A joint operation involving Germany, the United States and Belarus has taken down a malware system known as “Andromeda” or “Gamarue” that infected more than 2 million computers globally, Europol said on Tuesday.
Andromeda is best described as a "botnet", or group of computers that have been infected with a virus that allows hackers to control them remotely without the knowledge of their owners, using them to steal, destroy websites or spread malicious code.
The police operation, which involved help from Microsoft, was significant both for the number of infected computers and because Andromeda had been used over a number of years to distribute new viruses, said Europol spokesman Jan Op Gen Oorth. "Andromeda was one of the oldest malwareon the market," added the spokesman for Europol, the EU's law enforcement agency.
The suspect whom international authorities arrested in Belarus during a Nov. 29 operation to dismantle the Andromeda botnet has been identified with a...(continued)
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