A global cyber crime operation that controlled hundreds of thousands of PCs without the knowledge of their users has been shut down. The huge network of zombie computers is estimated to have 1 million PCs currently infected with malicious software that enslaved them into the botnet called Bamital. Bamital also had the ability to take control of PCs, install other types of computer viruses that could engage in identity theft and recruit PCs into networks that attack websites.
Users of the infected PCs will now be directed to a Microsoft website informing them that their machines are infected with malicious software, everytime they attempt to search the web. The warning on the site reads:
“You have reached this website because your computer is very likely to be infected by malware that redirects the results of your search queries. You will receive this notification until you remove the malware from your computer.”