SOURCE: AnubisNetworks


February 25, 2015 05:00 ET

AnubisNetworks Aids Europol's European Cybercrime Centre in Takedown of Malicious Botnet

Public and Private Sectors Working Together to Fight International Malware Threats

LISBON, PORTUGAL--(Marketwired - Feb 25, 2015) -  AnubisNetworks, a subsidiary of Security Ratings company BitSight Technologies, today announced its participation in a major botnet takedown operation led by Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). The operation involved investigators from around the world and sought to dismantle the Ramnit botnet that infected 3.2 million computers internationally.

Criminals used the Ramnit botnet to gain remote access and control of infected computers, enabling them to steal personal and banking information, namely passwords, while also disabling antivirus protection on affected devices. The malware infected users running Windows operating systems and explored different infection vectors such as links contained in spam emails, which directed victims to infected websites.

Europol officials worked directly with AnubisNetworks, Microsoft, and Symantec to shut down command and control servers used by the Ramnit botnet. The AnubisNetworks Cyberfeed provided EC3 and government officials with a holistic approach to threat intelligence by focusing on mapping malware campaign, method, and propagation vectors. This operation leveraged the Cyberfeed to:

  • Provide visibility on Ramnit botnet dimension and geographic dispersion.
  • Malware analysis to identify communication protocols and C2 infrastructure mapping.
  • Tracking the C2 infrastructure.
  • Collection, aggregation and analysis of Ramnit botnet data.

"This successful operation shows the importance of international law enforcement working together with private industry in the fight against the global threat of cybercrime," said Wil van Gemert, Deputy Director Operations for Europol. "We will continue our efforts in taking down botnets and disrupting the core infrastructures used by criminals to conduct a variety of cybercrimes. Together with the EU Member States and partners around the globe, our aim is to protect people around the world against cybercriminal activity."

"The takedown of the Ramnit malicious botnet illustrates a great victory for public and private sector collaboration against cybercrime," said Francisco Fonseca, CEO and co-founder of AnubisNetworks. "We're pleased to see Cyberfeed used as an integral, data-driven resource in this operation, and we're proud to participate in this meaningful work. By providing real-time data on cyberattacks, AnubisNetworks can continue to partner with EC3 to mitigate future risks as they arise."

About AnubisNetworks, a BitSight Company
AnubisNetworks is an IT enterprise focused on Real-time Threat Intelligence for B2B and best known for its Threat Intelligence offer, Cyberfeed. Cyberfeed is a subscription based service that allows customers to obtain real time intelligence feeds about events related to security threats, as seen worldwide, with relevance to their organization. Mail Protection Service (MPS) portfolio represents another important product line, which is comprised of a set of customized solutions for managing and filtering messaging traffic in a multitenancy environment. Founded in 2006 by experts of the corporate Telecom industry, AnubisNetworks is currently one of Europe´s leading Threat Intelligence and Email Security suppliers. Some of the worlds' largest providers such as Vodafone and BT use AnubisNetworks' technology. For more information, please visit or follow @anubisnetworks on Twitter.

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