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American and European authorities have dismantled russian botnet RSOCKS

17.06.2022, 11:05

The U.S. Department of Justice, together with law enforcement partners in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, have dismantled the infrastructure of russian botnet RSOCKS which hacked millions of computers and other electronic devices around the world.

This was reported by Ukrinform with reference to the Attorney's Office of the Southern District of California.

It is noted that the RSOCKS botnet, run by russian cybercriminals, initially targeted a broad range of devices, including industrial control systems, time clocks, routers, audio/video streaming devices, smart garage door openers, and more. It later expanded into compromising Android devices and conventional computers.

"The RSOCKS botnet compromised millions of devices throughout the world. Cyber criminals will not escape justice regardless of where they operate. Working with public and private partners around the globe, we will relentlessly pursue them while using all the tools at our disposal to disrupt their threats and prosecute those responsible," said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman.

According to FBI Special Agent Stacey Moy, the operation conducted by the FBI and the Department of Computer Crime and Intellectual Property of the US Department of Justice "disrupted a highly sophisticated russia-based cybercrime organization that conducted cyber intrusions in the United States and abroad."

As the statement explains, a botnet is a group of hacked internet-connected devices that are controlled as a group without the owner’s knowledge and typically used for malicious purposes.

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