After law enforcement agencies from around the world collaborated in an operation designed to disrupt the powerful Gameover Zeus botnet and seize servers supporting to the infamous malware known as CryptoLocker, they issued a warning to the public that they had just two weeks to remediate infections, causing the Get Safe Online website to crash after a spike in traffic.
Gameover Zeus is advanced malware designed to steal banking account logins and other credentials from infected systems, and estimates indicate that as many as one million computers are infected globally resulting in as much as 100 million dollars in losses, according to FBI estimates.
The U.K.’s National Crime Agency issued an alert that stated in part:
Action taken by the NCA to combat the threat will give the UK public a unique, two-week opportunity to rid and safeguard themselves from two distinct but associated forms of malware known as GOZeuS and CryptoLocker.
Members of the public can protect themselves by making sure security software is installed and updated, by running scans and checking that computer operating systems and applications are up to date.
The NCA’s alert is part of one of the largest industry and law enforcement collaborations attempted to date. Activity in several countries, led by the FBI in the US, has weakened the global network of infected computers, meaning that action taken now to strengthen online safety can be particularly effective.
Although Get Safe Online officials had expected a surge in traffic levels, they were entirely unprepared for the magnitude of the spike, leaving the website down for hours.
“Although we took advance action to increase our website capacity before the announcement was made there has been an unprecedented demand for the information,” Get Safe Online told V3. “It’s really encouraging that people are taking their online safety seriously and we are sorry that the advice hasn’t been accessible via the website.”
Read More Here…