Emotet, "the most dangerous malware in the world", has been dismantled by a worldwide police action

Police and judicial authorities around the world have dismantled this week "the malware most dangerous in the world ", in his own words: Emotet. This is one of the networks of bots most important of the last decade and its effects are well known in countries on practically all continents.

In an internationally coordinated action, investigators from police and judicial bodies from countries such as Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Canada, and Ukraine have managed to take control of the infrastructure that controlled the network. All this under the coordination of Europol and Eurojust, the European body for judicial coordination between countries.

Police forces and judicial authorities from eight countries have coordinated to take down Emotet, one of the most feared and used botnets in international cybercrime

So they claim to have finished with Emotet

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Europol explains that they have ended the infrastructure used by Emotet, the malware preferred by high-level cybercriminal groups, taking control of hundreds of servers located in different parts of the planet.

These machines, in order to be resistant if any of them fell when dismantled by the authorities, was in charge of specific functionalities such as the control of infected systems, the services offered to groups of cybercriminals or the spread to other systems.

"This is a unique and novel approach to effectively disrupting the activities of cybercrime facilitators"

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To avoid the safeguards of the Emotet network, law enforcement and judicial authorities they coordinated this week to take control of the infrastructure in an orderly manner and from within, also ensuring that infected computers are no longer available to criminals. "This is a unique and novel approach to effectively disrupt the activities of cybercrime facilitators," they say.

Beyond this, the body in charge of facilitating operations to fight crime within the European Union has not provided further information on the police operation, the investigation or possible arrests. Recently, a police action coordinated by Europol managed to seize more than 30,000 domains for intellectual property infringement.

Emotet, more than five years causing chaos

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Discovered in 2014 as a banking Trojan, Emotet soon became known for being the malware header for cybercriminals. Resulting reliable and professional In pursuit of their interests, it managed to become a durable solution for accessing computer systems around the world.

That was the great attraction: be a back door of trust. A plus that allowed those responsible to sell unauthorized access to high-level criminal groups, Europol explains, who exploited them to carry out their criminal activities. Essentially, extortion through ransomware and data theft, which in many cases infected specific systems on request.

Emotet managed to become a durable and efficient solution to access computer systems around the world, which is why it was a preferred network for cybercriminal groups

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In recent times, after spending time inactive, their attacks have also intensified with campaigns of phishing and junk advertising, prompting cybersecurity agencies around the world to sound the alarm. In addition, it was also subject to sabotage.

It came mainly via email with infected attachments. Usually within alleged invoices or notices on various matters contained in Microsoft Word documents. When opened, the user was asked to enable the macros and then the malicious code was executed. However, it was also capable of infecting computer networks given its versatility.