The FBI, Google and 20 technology organizations have teamed up to launch a giant network (3ve) in cyberspace that was used by criminals to create false views and clicks.
Για όσους δεν γνωρίζουν τι σημαίνει ψεύτικα clikcs, είναι μια μέθοδος που χρησιμοποιείται για την εξαπάτηση διαφημιστικών δικτύων. Το παραπάνω δίκτυο λειτουργούσε τα τελευταία τέσσερα χρόνια και απέφερε income million dollars to its creators.
Εκτός από μια συντονισμένη παρέμβαση για την αφαίρεση των botnets του δικτύου, το Αμερικάνικο Ministry Δικαιοσύνης ανακοίνωσε επίσης και ένα κατηγορητήριο εναντίον οκτώ υπόπτων που πιστεύεται ότι βρίσκονται πίσω από το project. Τρεις από αυτούς έχουν συλληφθεί ήδη και αναμένεται να εκδοθούν στις ΗΠΑ.
According to a DOJ indictment and a white paper released by Google and Cyber-security White Ops, the eight suspects are believed to be the main operators of the particular fraud scheme which is believed to have been operating since at least 2014.
Researchers and the FBI said the administrators used different programs to create ad views and clicks. They used tricks such as hiring other botnets and creating their own botnets hosted on different data centers to hide their true IP addresses. They even created legitimate pages for displaying ads as well as for controlling bots.
According to the FBI, in one of these tricks they used more than 1.900 servers to host MethBot / Miuref / Boaxxe bots.
The bots were configured to mimic traffic originating from desktops as well as mobiles Appliances.
Researchers report that the gang managed to spread the bot to more than 700.000 computers, infecting them with the Kovter malware. The bot was secretly opening browser windows to load websites which of course brought the criminals more profits.
In one publishing on the blog of the company, Google revealed today that it was aware of the bot's capabilities and functions since last year. Google said it put together a working group of big tech names: Microsoft, ESET, Symantec, Proofpoint, Trend Micro, F-Secure, Malwarebytes, CenturyLink, MediaMath, White Ops, Amazon, Adobe, Trade Desk, Oath, The Shadowserver Foundation, and National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance.
The names of the 8 arrested: Aleksandr Zhukov (38, Russia), Boris Timokhin (39 years old from Russia), Mikhail Andreev (34 years old from Russia), Denis Avdeev (40 years old from Russia), Dmitry Novikov (??years old from Russia), Sergey Ovsyannikov (30 years old from Kazakhstan), Aleksandr Isaev (31 years old from Russia), and Yevgeniy Timchenko (30 years old from Kazakhstan).