Microsoft seized 22 domain names from dynamic DNS provider No-IP as those domains were being abused in malware-related crimes against Windows users. With a special order from federal court, Microsoft became the domain IP resolver for the No-IP domains. In this process, millions of innocent users got affected due to domain issues that happened due to Microsoft’s actions. No-IP blamed Microsoft for inconvenience caused to its customers. They said, Apparently, the Microsoft infrastructure is not able to handle the billions of queries from our customers. Millions of innocent users are experiencing outages to their services because of Microsoft’s attempt to remediate hostnames associated with a few bad actors. Today, Microsoft provided the following statement that they are withdrawing complaints on Vitalwerks in the court and they regrets any inconvenience caused to customers in this process. Microsoft has reviewed the evidence provided by Vitalwerks and enters into the settlement confident that Vitalwerks was not ...

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Microsoft seized 22 domain names from dynamic DNS provider No-IP as those domains were being abused in malware-related crimes against Windows users. With a special order from federal court, Microsoft became the domain IP resolver for the No-IP domains. In this process, millions of innocent users got affected due to domain issues that happened due to Microsoft’s actions. No-IP provided the following statement regarding this, We have been in contact with Microsoft today. They claim that their intent is to only filter out the known bad hostnames in each seized domain, while continuing to allow the good hostnames to resolve. However, this is not happening. Apparently, the Microsoft infrastructure is not able to handle the billions of queries from our customers. Millions of innocent users are experiencing outages to their services because of Microsoft’s attempt to remediate hostnames associated with a few bad actors. Had Microsoft contacted us, we could ...

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Microsoft has recently named two foreign nationals, Mohamed Benabdellah and Naser Al Mutairi, and a U.S. company, Vitalwerks Internet Solutions, or their involvement in in creating, controlling, and assisting in infecting millions of computers with malicious software running old Windows versions. We’re taking No-IP to task as the owner of infrastructure frequently exploited by cybercriminals to infect innocent victims with the Bladabindi (NJrat) and Jenxcus (NJw0rm) family of malware. In the past, we’ve predominately seen botnets originating in Eastern Europe; however, the authors, owners and distributors of this malware are Kuwaiti and Algerian nationals. The social media-savvy cybercriminals have promoted their wares across the Internet, offering step-by-step instructions to completely control millions of unsuspecting victims’ computers to conduct illicit crimes—demonstrating that cybercrime is indeed a global epidemic. Read full post on The Official Microsoft Blog. ...

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That did not take long. TWN reports that mere days after the release of Windows 8 a fake anti-virus malware app   has already turned up. The app, detected by Trend Micro, is an example of a scareware trojan that pretends of scan and detect viruses on a user’s computer and then convince them to buy and install software, which are often malware themselves. With Windows 8 bringing even stronger security to Windows, increasingly the malware problems are due to social engineering, and TNW notes that to defeat these threats, the best thing is usually to turn away from deals that appear just too good to be true. Read more at TNW here. ...

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