Microsoft hammering at Russian hackers with a legal gavel

In a story published on The Next Web, Microsoft is taking down Russian hackers by using trademark-infringement rulings to beat back the infamous "Strontium" Russian hackers of the #FakeBusiness variety.

Their strategy has been to take control of domains the hackers have been using to hide protected keywords (such as livemicrosoft.net). The result is that DNS will redirect those links back to MicroSoft, thus breaking the 'phone home' links back to the Russian servers.

A classic Law & Order legal battle, this is not. The hackers aren’t facing down Microsoft’s lawyers in person — it’s still not known who they are or where they’re operating from. According to The Daily Beast, declassified American intelligence alleges the same party to be an arm of Russian military intelligence.

Read Rachel Kaser's full story on TNW.

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