Google stops Glupteba. This botnet was made up of a half machines

 10 Dec, 2021

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Google is deactivating a large network infected by malware. This was used in particular for ransomware attacks.

Google has taken legal action against a botnet, which was used to execute ransomware attack. Google announced decommissioning Glupteba on December 7. This botnet infected by the Trojan horse ran on Windows and was protected with the blockchain. Mountain View claims that this is the initial legal action against this botnet.

1000 NEW INFECTIONS PER DAY

Glupteba is a malware that infects your computer with malicious ads, which are distributed mainly on Google Ads network. These ads trigger the installation of the malware if you click on them. The malware can access the victim’s web browser and steal their data. It then uses the data to infect other computers, infect other machines, sell the data, launch ransomware, denial-of-service attacks, etc. Hackers can use infected computers that are connected and controlled by cybercriminals to mine cryptocurrency.

According Google the Glupteba malware is replicating itself and infecting a million new machines per day around the world.

A BACKUP SYSTEM ON THE BLOCKCHAIN

Google released a press statement indicating that it had managed to eliminate the botnet under hackers’ control thanks to its partners (hosts, cloud platform providers). The company however states that it has a backup using Bitcoin blockchain to make it more resilient. This means that there is the possibility of it restarting, as was the case with Emotet.

The New York complaint was filed against two botnet operators who are suspected to be residing in Russia. They were Dmitry Starovikov and Alexander Filippov.

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