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From brand-new laptop to infected by pressing 'on'

4:39 AM, Sep 13, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Microsoft is targeting an Internet domain, controlled by a Chinese businessman, that the company says serves as home base for a global cybercrime network.

Documents unsealed in federal court Thursday allege the domain, 3322.org, is the hub for hundreds of malicious software programs used by online crime groups for looting bank accounts, stealing identities and launching attacks against other computers.

Microsoft says its brand is damaged because people harmed by the malware incorrectly believe its Windows operating system is responsible for the problems.

Microsoft investigators were led to 3322.org after buying a new computer in China and finding a malware program called Nitol already installed.

Court documents say the domain is registered to Peng Yong, the owner of an Internet services company. Peng denied the allegations.

The Associated Press

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