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Microsoft ‘frees’ 4.7m infected PCs from cybercriminals’ control

Microsoft Corp has said at least 4.7 million infected personal computers have been freed from control of cyber criminals, in its most successful digital crime-busting operation, which interrupted service at an internet-services firm last week, Reuters has reported. India, Pakistan, Egypt, Brazil, Algeria and Mexico have the largest number of infected machines, the software giant said. Microsoft has also identified at least another 4.7 million infected machines, though many are likely still controlled by cyber fraudsters, Microsoft’s cybercrime-fighting Digital Crimes Unit said. It will quickly provide government authorities and internet service providers around the world with the IP addresses of infected machines so they can help users remove the viruses, Microsoft said.