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Collaborative Efforts Dismantle Qakbot Malware’s IT Infrastructure

In a significant joint operation, the FBI, in partnership with the Department of Justice and international allies, has successfully taken down the IT infrastructure owned by the Qakbot Malware group. Drawing expertise from cyber law enforcement units in countries including France, the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Latvia, and the UK, a coordinated cyber attack was launched against the botnet infrastructure. This operation aimed to disrupt the malicious activities carried out by cybercriminals using Qakbot, including ransomware distribution, DDoS attacks, financial fraud, and various forms of social engineering.

The collaborative effort yielded positive results, with law enforcement agencies managing to infiltrate the Qakbot infrastructure. Their efforts unveiled a staggering 700,000 infected computers worldwide, all harboring the Qakbot malware. Particularly concerning was the identification of over 200,000 infected computers within the United States alone.

University of Michigan’s Network Disrupted Due to Suspicious Activity

In a recent cybersecurity development, the University of Michigan has taken the precautionary step of severing network connections for its students and staff since August 27, 2023. The decision came in response to the detection of suspicious activities within the university’s computer network across its campuses.

The university’s IT teams are working tirelessly to rectify the situation and restore network services as swiftly as possible. While the restoration process is underway, the administration has granted temporary permission for students and staff to access certain applications such as Zoom, Adobe, Dropbox, Slack, Google, and Canva from external networks using school devices.

Hospital Sisters Health System Takes Protective Measures Against Network Malware

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) has taken a proactive stance in the face of a potential network malware infection. Over the past two days, the healthcare provider has opted to shut down its computer network to contain any potential threats and safeguard its clinical and administrative applications.

HSHS has released a statement regarding the temporary shutdown, outlining the suspension of services such as MyChart Communications. This platform is typically used by patients to manage appointments, view test results, access medical history, and make payments. The network will remain inactive until further notice, reflecting HSHS’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of patient data and healthcare operations.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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