DOJ/DHS partnership curbs cybercrime
In early June, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported on the success of its partnership with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in containing the spread of the Gameover Zeus botnet. Gameover Zeus is a sophisticated piece of malware that steals banking information and other credentials from the computers it infects. This information is then used to initiate or re-direct wire transfers to overseas accounts controlled by cyber criminals. It is estimated that nearly $100 million have been lost through these transfers.
The DOJ led effort to curb Gameover Zeus requires the collaboration of many partners from around the world, including government agencies and the private sector. Recently, DOJ has filed criminal charges against the alleged botnet administrator, and is working to identify affected computers and criminal operators.
DHS’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team is coordinating with DHS partners at the FBI to notify those affected by Gameover Zeus and provide them with technical assistance in removing malware from their computers. The DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center is also responding to the threat by providing assistance and information to information system operators, known victims, and the broader community to help prevent further infections.
For more information about this DOJ/DHS partnership, please follow the link below.
Partnership Results in Major Progress Against Cybercrime, Department of Homeland Security