16 April 2015

The United States Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol have warned that more than 770,000 computers worldwide have been infected with malware through the Simda ‘botnet’.

Criminals may use this malware to route users' internet traffic to malicious websites and add more malware to infected computers. 

The criminals have sought out computers with unpatched software to infect and add to thebotnet. They could control the botnet themselves, or sell this control to other malicious individuals.

Criminals can also obtain sensitive user information such as online banking access details.

Law enforcement organisations recommend that users keep their antivirus software up-to-date, change their passwords, keep applications and operating systems up-to-date and use anti-malware tools.

Interpol has coordinated an operation to seize and take down the Simda command and control servers in the Netherlands, as well as servers in the United States, Russia, Luxembourg and Poland.

‘Kaspersky Lab has set up a self-check webpage where the public can see if their IP address has been found to be part of a Simda botnet,’ Interpol advised.

If you believe Simda has compromised your computer, you can also scan your environment using Microsoft Safety ScannerMicrosoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender.

More information

How to set automatic updates on your computer.

The information provided here is of a general nature. Everyone's circumstances are different. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.

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