QakBot: The Malware That Cost Businesses $58 Million

the QakBot

The U.S. government and international partners have dismantled the QakBot malware network, which has been a major cyber threat for businesses and agencies. The operation, code-named "Duck Hunt," was the most significant technological and financial operation ever led by the Department of Justice against a botnet.

QakBot is a trojan horse that is typically delivered through malicious emails. Once it is installed, it can steal data, install other malware, and facilitate ransomware attacks. The malware has been linked to 40 different ransomware attacks in the last 18 months, resulting in a staggering $58 million in losses.

The "Duck Hunt" operation involved the seizure of over 50 internet servers connected to QakBot in seven countries. It also confiscated approximately $9.5 million in cryptocurrency from the masterminds behind the malware.

The operation is a major victory in the fight against cybercrime, but it is important to remember that these threats are constantly evolving. To stay protected, it is important to have good antivirus software, use strong passwords, and be careful about clicking on links in emails.

Here are some additional tips for staying safe from malware:

  • Keep your software up to date.
  • Be careful about what websites you visit and what files you download.
  • Use a firewall and a VPN.
  • Back up your data regularly.

If you think you may have been infected with malware, it is important to scan your computer with antivirus software and report the infection to the authorities.