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Citadel Botnets

Botnet's takedown puts Hong Kong's cyberguardians in the thick of things

Microsoft staff and forensics experts examine evidence related to the Citadel malware. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong's defence against malicious activity online is the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team (HKCERT ), set up in 2001 and managed by the Hong Kong Productivity Council. Its main role is to collect information on cyberattacks and work with the police and internet service providers.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 8:26am

Citadel virus being spread by Hong Kong computers

Citadel sends bank account passwords to hackers. Photo: Reuters

Two computer servers that spread the virus known as Citadel Botnets are located in Hong Kong, according to the latest findings of an international crackdown led by Microsoft and the FBI.

8 Jun 2013 - 4:16am 1 comment

Computer experts race against the clock to thwart Citadel virus in Hong Kong

Microsoft and the FBI have launched a major assault on one of the world's biggest cybercrime rings which is behind Citadel. Photo: Reuters

The virus could put "a considerable number" of computers under the control of hackers. The emergency operation follows an internationally co-ordinated crackdown, in which Hong Kong played a part, on what is deemed "one of the world's biggest cybercrime rings".

7 Jun 2013 - 12:05pm