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CRTC participates in botnet takedown

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has, for the first time, served a warrant under Canada's Anti-Spam Law. In collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Europol, Interpol, Microsoft, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre, the CRTC pursued an investigation to shut down a botnet control server located in Toronto. The server was involved in the spread of a type of malicious software called Dorkbot, which can steal passwords, install additional and force the infected computer to participate in denial of service attacks. The warrant was granted by a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice and was carried out with the assistance from the RCMP. The CRTC has not issues the names of the individuals or companies under investigation.

"We are pleased to work alongside our partners during this investigation to mitigate the harm caused to Canadians and citizens in other countries by Dorkbot," said Manon Bombardier, chief compliance and enforcement officer at the CRTC. "These are very egregious botnets that are used for illicit activities and can lead to identity theft and fraud. This operation shows that partnerships between domestic and international law enforcement agencies are key in the fight against transnational cyber threats."

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