Information-stealing malware CryptBot had its infrastructure dismantled by Google after the tech giant secured a temporary court order enabling the takedown of current and future domains associated with the malware's distribution, TechCrunch
Nearly 670,000 computers have been compromised by CryptBot to facilitate the theft of various sensitive data, including credit card details, cryptocurrency wallets, and passwords, during the past year, and the court order would help hinder the growth of the malware, which has been recently spread through malicious versions of Google Chrome and Google Earth Pro, according to Google.
"Lawsuits have the effect of establishing both legal precedent and putting those profiting, and others who are in the same criminal ecosystem, under scrutiny. This litigation is another step forward in holding cybercriminals accountable, by not just targeting those that operate botnets, but also those that profit from malware distribution," said Google.
Prior to the CryptBot takedown, Google has previously worked to disrupt the Glupteba botnet
, which resulted in a 78% decline in infections.