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Mark Elliott, executive vice president of products at Quarri Technologies, told us the
Bamital botnet poses a threat to users across multiple widely used Web browsers.
"While the botnet's takedown removed the cybercriminals' ability to hijack users' browsing sessions, there is a high probability that many end users were unaware the problem existed while the botnet was still functioning," Elliot said. "The availability of free tools and tips to assist users in uninstalling the botnet is a positive development, but many still don't know that they have Bamital installed on their computer."
As Elliot sees it, this accentuates the issue of Web browser security and the dangers end users face if they don't take the proper security measures. He said it also demonstrates the critical need for organizations to provide and enforce the use of a secure, hardened browser session to protect their Web applications from malware.
"This step is critical to protect their most sensitive browser-delivered information," he said, "and prevent unauthorized use and replication of confidential data ."