On Monday, April 10, The US Department of Justice released a statement citing that they will be working to dismantle a “network of thousands of compromised computers” which are allegedly under control of cybercriminal activity.
This network of sophisticated computers is called the “botnet.” The “botnet” is apparently responsible for sending millions of spam emails, installing ransomware, malicious software, and intercepting online user’s financial information.
Microsoft Windows OS machines have been targeted. The DOJ’s statement also said that the botnets are “designed to operate automatically and undetected on victim’s computers, with the malicious code secretly sending requests for instructions to the botnet operator.”
While several programs are effective at detecting and removing the harmful software, make sure to install a “free-to-use Microsoft Safety Scanner.”