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Andromeda botnet mastermind arrested in Belarus, identified by his ICQ number

by Patrick Howell O'Neill

The suspect "is ​recognized ​as ​a ​leading ​expert ​in ​malware ​development ​and ​reverse engineering, ​network ​security, ​and ​antivirus ​technology," researchers wrote.

International law effort takes down long-running Andromeda botnet

by Patrick Howell O'Neill

First launched in 2011, Andromeda was detected on an average of one million machines every month in the last six months.

Bulgarian hacker charged in million-dollar malware scheme

by Shaun Waterman

Krasimir Nikolov is the first person charged in connection with the massive Avalanche cybercrime network brought down earlier this month. The arrest and successful extradition of Nikolov is the latest in a string of victories for cybercrime specialists in federal law enforcement.

FBI will increasingly rely on foreign help to stop hackers, assistant AG says

by Chris Bing

The emergence of cybercrime as a global phenomenon is causing the FBI and Justice Department to increasingly rely on international law enforcement collaboration, legal treaties and informal agreements in addition to cooperation from the private sector, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Leslie Caldwell described, Thursday.

FBI leans on private industry to dismantle multinational cybercrime ring

by Chris Bing

Foreign hackers involved in a multinational cybercrime network known as Avalanche were able to infect roughly 20,000 U.S.-based computers before being arrested last week by European authorities, FBI and Justice Department officials said Monday.