A massive hacking network that Microsoft and the US military tried to stop last month is already back — and it could be a bad sign for Elect

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Last month, Microsoft announced it had won a major victory in the fight against cybercrime. The company said in mid-October that it had thwarted Trickbot — a stubborn malware network that's been used to infect critical computer systems, often shutting them down for ransom. Experts were relieved by the announcement; Trickbot and other ransomware infrastructure, they had warned, could be used to target elections offices and cause chaos on Election Day.

Caleb Barlow, CEO of CynergisTek provided commentary for this article, which focuses on the FBI’s warning last week that cybercriminals have carried out a string of ransomware attacks against US hospitals and could be poised to launch even more. The FBI said the attacks were carried out in part using Trickbot, a massive network of bots that has for years evaded efforts by security firms and governments to shut it down.

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