US and partners take down Russian hacking ‘botnet’, Justice Department says

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WASHINGTON — Law enforcement in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and Britain have busted a global network of internet-connected devices that had been hacked by Russian cybercriminals and used for malicious purposes , the US Department of Justice said Thursday.

The network, known as the “RSOCKS” botnet, included millions of hacked computers and devices worldwide, including “Internet of Things” gadgets like routers and smart garage openers, the report said. department in a press release.

RSOCKS users paid fees of between $30 and $200 a day to route malicious internet activity through compromised devices to mask or obscure the true source of the traffic, the department said.

“Users of this type of proxy service are believed to be carrying out large-scale attacks on authentication services, also known as ‘credential stuffing’, and anonymizing themselves when accessing social media accounts. compromised or sent malicious emails, such as phishing messages”. said.

Several large public and private entities fell victim to RSOCKS, including a university, hotel, television studio and electronics manufacturer, the department said. He did not name any.

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