The U.S. Department of Justice and FBI have disabled Coreflood, a decade-old botnet that’s infected more than 2 million private computers, by seizing and replacing five command and control servers and 29 domain names used by the botnet, the Department of Justice said in an April 13 press release.

Coreflood has compromised numerous victims’ bank accounts by stealing their user names, passwords and other personal financial information, the government said. The malware is designed to record keystrokes and control a victim’s computer remotely via one of its command and control servers.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.

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