Canadian threat researchers help take down Andromeda botnet

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Threat researchers from the Montreal division of security vendor Eset combined with colleagues from Microsoft to help the FBI and law enforcement agencies in Europe take down a major botnet last week which has been spreading malware since 2011.

One unnamed person was arrested in Belarus, the Europol police co-operation agency said in a release.

The partners in the operation made the announcement Monday, saying that on Nov. 29 the botnet — known by various security researchers as Andromeda, Gamarue or Wauchos — was associated with 80 malware families.

In the last six months, authorities said, it was detected on or blocked an average of over 1 million machines every month.

“We did see a lot of infections in Canada,” Jean-Ian Boutin, Eset’s lead researcher in Montreal on this effort, “but most of the recent hits we had on our telemetry were in Asia.”

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