U.S., partners dismantle Russian hacking ‘botnet,’ Justice Dept says

Law enforcement in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and Britain busted a global network of internet-connected devices that had been hacked by Russian cybercriminals and used for malicious purposes, a 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 door openers, has the department said in a statement.

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 were victims of RSOCKS, including a university, hotel, television studio and electronics manufacturer, the department said. He did not name any.

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