Friday December 02, 2016

‘Avalanche’ Network Dismantled In International Cyber Operation

Europol, along with a number of other international agencies, says that it has brought down the Avalanche botnet platform. The four year investigation resulted in five arrests, 37 premises searched and 39 servers were seized while an additional 221 servers were taken offline.

The global effort to take down this network involved the crucial support of prosecutors and investigators from 30 countries. As a result, 5 individuals were arrested, 37 premises were searched, and 39 servers were seized. Victims of malware infections were identified in over 180 countries. Also, 221 servers were put offline through abuse notifications sent to the hosting providers. The operation marks the largest-ever use of sinkholing[1] to combat botnet[2] infrastructures and is unprecedented in its scale, with over 800 000 domains seized, sinkholed or blocked.