“We should start a support group for Emotet fans affected by the takedown” I joked to a fellow security researcher earlier today. I obviously wasn’t a fan of Emotet — the malware was responsible for some really bad things — but I was nevertheless intrigued by it.

Today, a coordinated action seriously disrupted the malware operation. I’ll leave it for future historians to decide whether the term “the world’s most dangerous malware” was justified and whether Europol was right to use the past tense in its infographic, but this was good work. Congrats to all those involved. …



Martijn Grooten

Cyber optimist. Researcher, reader, runner. Asker of difficult questions. Lapsed mathematician. Traveler in digital security. He/they.

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