Microsoft used a new legal approach to persuade the U.S. District Court of Eastern Virginia to issue a restraining order for parts of Trickbot’s command and control infrastructure. (Coolcaesar via CC BY-SA 4.0)

Microsoft announced Monday morning that it has obtained a court order to dismantle Trickbot, a notorious botnet composed of millions of devices that U.S. officials worry could be used to sabotage state and local election-related IT systems ahead of the 2020 Presidential election.

In a blog post Tom Burt, Microsoft’s vice president for customer security and trust, said the company obtained a court order allowing them to disrupt servers and infrastructure that allowed Trickbot operators to communicate with infected devices around the world.

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