"According to industry estimates, botnets have caused over $9 billion in losses to US victims and over $110 billion in losses globally.
Although the GameOver Zeus botnet and CryptoLocker ransomware have been disrupted, it is still too early for a victory celebration.
Since late 2012, a group of researchers from UC Santa Barbara and RWTH Aachen University has been working on finding out the relations that exist between the different actors in the spam ecosystem, in the hope of providing information about bottlenecks and critical points in the spamming pipeline that will aid anti-spam efforts.
Zeus is a well-known and highly successful crimeware kit - the flat-pack furniture of the virus world.
On Friday, 30 May 2014, law enforcement agencies from across the world, supported by the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, joined forces in a coordinated action led by the FBI which ensured the disruption of the Gameover Zeus botnet and the seizure of computer servers crucial to the malicious software known as CryptoLocker.
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