Microsoft & other firms recently ended the Trickbot criminal network which often hosted ransomware attacks in past.

Microsoft and other software and services companies this week described their efforts in taking down the Trickbot criminal network.  The years-long effort involved working with the courts, software security firms and telcos to eliminate the hosting of Trickbot.  Microsoft’s software patents also came into play as a legal means to close it down.   “With this civil action, we have leveraged a new legal strategy that allows us to enforce copyright law to prevent Microsoft infrastructure, in this case our software code, from being used to commit crime,” in a Monday Microsoft announcement. “As copyright law is more common than computer crime law, this new approach helps us pursue bad actors in more jurisdictions around the world.”