Chip Shot: Operation Source Polymorphic Botnet Takedown w/ Europol and FBI

Intel Security has played a leading role in Operation Source, a law enforcement action in coordination with Europol, Dutch police, the U.S. FBI and others to take down a “polymorphic” botnet responsible for infecting tens of thousands of victim systems, with 5 million unique malware strains, across more than 195 countries. Intel’s McAfee Labs identified Beebone in March 2014 and developed an automated monitoring system to identify and mimic communications between the botnet and its hosts. Operation Source leveraged Intel’s resulting intelligence to enable law enforcement, ISP, and CERT partners to seize the botnet’s domains and shut down its operations. Additionally, Intel Security has released a free tool to allow IT administrators and individual users to clean and restore computers infected by Beebone.