Microsoft has said it's already planning further cyber operations against botnet operators similar to its recent strike on the Bamital malware.
Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit assistant general counsel, Richard Boscovich, confirmed to V3 that the company is already working on future operations as it seeks to further hinder criminals.
"The takedown, codenamed Operation b58, is Microsoft's sixth disruptive action against malware as part of its Project Mars (Microsoft Active Response for Security) initiative," Boscovich told V3.
"Microsoft will continue to partner closely in disruptive action with the security community globally to help protect our customers and increase the risk and costs for cybercrime to both deter crime and put cybercriminals out of business."
Project Mars is a joint mission being enacted by Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, Malware Protection Center, and the Trustworthy Computing (TwC) team designed to proactively combat cyber threats.
The project has scored several key victories against cyber crooks, including the high-profile take down of Kehlios botnet in 2011.
Boscovich said the campaign would continue to target criminal's wallets, by partnering with industry and law enforcement to mount coordinated sting operations.
"With responsible co-operation across industry, law enforcement, academia, government, and NGOs worldwide, Microsoft aims to put cybercriminals out of business and help the global internet community protect itself and thrive," he said.
The news follows Microsoft's take down of the infamous Bamital botnet. Bamital had infected hundreds of thousands of machines and earned its authors vast sums of money operating a click fraud scheme.
"We estimate there were around 300,000 to one million infected computers at the time of the takedown, but we should have a better idea on the exact numbers soon," Boscovich told V3.
"Meanwhile, Microsoft believes the monetisation of this bot was cumulatively in the tens of millions of dollars and Symantec's researchers believe Bamital's operators earned at least $1.1 million a year in click fraud revenue."
The takedown happened after a US court granted Microsoft permission to seize servers associated with controlling the botnet from web-hosting facilities in Virginia and New Jersey on 6 February.
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