Microsoft said it is part of a team that has dismantled an international network of zombie robots.
The Necurs Network has infected more than nine million computers and one of the largest Android networks in the world.
Necurs was responsible for multiple criminal scams including stealing personal information and sending fake pharmaceutical email messages.
Cybercriminals use electronic networks to remotely take over devices connected to the Internet and install malware.
The software can be used to send spam, collect information about computer activity, or delete information without notifying the owner.
Tom Burt, Microsoft Vice President of Customer Security and Trust, said in a blog post that Necurs’ landing was the result of eight years of planning and coordination with partners in 35 countries.
He wrote that the steps taken “will ensure that the criminals behind this network are no longer able to use the basic elements of their infrastructure to carry out cyber attacks.”
What is robots?
Botnets are networks of internet-connected devices that run automated tasks.
Cybercriminals use these networks to send malicious software, called malware, that can provide them with remote access to a computer. Once malware is put in place, these criminals can take information from the computer or use the infected devices to send more attacks or spam.
Once the device is infected and used to send more spam or malware attacks, it is known as zombie.
How does the removal work?
Necurs first appeared in 2012.
It is believed to have a network of more than nine million zombie computers.
To grow this network, Necurs used a domain generation algorithm that created random domain names that turned the group into websites. She used these websites to send instructions to her army from infected computers.
Microsoft and its partners have been able to break and block the Necurs algorithm and predict which domain names to use in the coming months.
Is my computer affected by malware?
Necurs was one of the largest malware networks in the world, but it wasn’t alone.
Some signs may contain malware on your device
Programs start slowly or take longer to open
The computer crashes regularly and needs to restart
The hard disk space of the computer is filled without warning
Spam messages are sent to the contacts from your account
Malware is a broad term for any malware that attacks your computer. The most common types are programs that copy data, monitor user actions on their computer, or delete information from a device unless a ransom is paid.