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Feds declare big win over Cryptolocker ransomware

Gregg Keizer | July 16, 2014
A status update filed in Pennsylvania by the U.S. Department of Justice said that both the Gameover Zeus botnet and Cryptolocker 'remained neutralized.'

The group's reappearance was not a surprise: Security professionals had predicted that the government's June takedown would not permanently stamp out either the gang or put an end to ransomware, which has a rich history, literally and figuratively, going back at least nine years.

In the report filed with the federal court, the DOJ said it would issue another status update on the original Gameover Zeus botnet and Cryptolocker malware infections on Aug. 15.


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