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“While botnet operators are using every trick in the book to expand their malicious activity, defenders for obvious reasons have to comply with the law when implementing the countermeasures,” said Carcano. “But as Microsoft’s actions show, this doesn’t mean that you cannot be creative with the technical and non-technical tools available. The beauty of this latest approach is that while defenders have to suffer the asymmetry of attackers operating behind the limits of the law, by taking the case to court, Microsoft gained a legal advantage to regain control.”

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