Law Enforcement Dismantles a Massive Dropper Malware Network

Operation Endgame has taken down a major cyber criminal infrastructure. This is important, but likely not for the reasons you may think.

The multi-national law enforcement effort, led by EUROPOL, seized over 100 servers and 2 thousand domains that hosted dropper malware.

Droppers play a key role in malware propagation. They are small programs, often distributed via phishing, trojans or malicious websites, that facilitate the installation of sophisticated malware packages.

They are difficult to detect and can even run exclusively in memory, hiding from anti-malware.

They essentially open the victim’s door to hackers.

Operation Endgame is important, but not because it dismantled the cybercrime infrastructure. Moden criminals often rebuild such services in a matter of days or weeks.

The real significance of operations like these is to put pressure and stress on the threat actors, forcing them to spend time and resources protecting and rebuilding their environments.

It puts them on the defense and keeps them from rampantly scaling their operations!

So, great work Europol! Keep up the pressure!

 

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