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

A man holds a laptop computer as cybercode is projected onto him in this illustrative photo taken May 13, 2017. Capitalizing on spy tools believed to have been developed by the United States National Security Agency, hackers staged a cyberattack with self-spreading malware that infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/

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WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – 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 has announced. 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 compromised social media accounts or were sending malicious emails, such as phishing messages,” he added. 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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Reporting by Rami Ayyub; Editing by Leslie Adler

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