After DNS customer backlash, Microsoft returns seized domains to No-IP

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Microsoft's plan to take legal action against popular dynamic DNS provider No-IP ran into a major hitch.

On Monday, the tech giant announced that it had seized 23 domains registered through No-IP.com, as the service was allegedly being abused by cyber criminals setting up subdomains linked with the spread of malware. But customer backlash ensued after millions of users reportedly experienced service outages as a result of the domain confiscation.

On Thursday, Ars Technica reported that all 23 domains had been surrendered by Microsoft, so that No-IP could start the process of restoring its services.

Despite the criticism, Microsoft claimed that its actions helped thwart the spread of widely-used remote access trojans njRAT and njw0rm. On Tuesday, Kaspersky Lab also revealed that Microsoft's takedown efforts disrupted other APT operations, including those leveraging sophisticated, cyber espionage malware Flame and HackingTeam surveillance software.

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