U.S. Hacks QakBot, Quietly Removes Botnet Infections

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2023 18:35:25 +0000

The U.S. government today announced a coordinated crackdown against QakBot, a complex malware family used by multiple cybercrime groups to lay the groundwork for ransomware infections. The international law enforcement operation involved seizing control over the botnet’s online infrastructure, and quietly removing the Qakbot malware from tens of thousands of infected Microsoft Windows computer systems.

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Feds Take Down 13 More DDoS-for-Hire Services

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 09 May 2023 14:05:44 +0000

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this week seized 13 domain names connected to “booter” services that let paying customers launch crippling distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Ten of the domains are reincarnations of DDoS-for-hire services the FBI seized in December 2022, when it charged six U.S. men with computer crimes for allegedly operating booters.

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$10M Is Yours If You Can Get This Guy to Leave Russia

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 05 May 2023 01:50:08 +0000

The U.S. government this week put a $10 million bounty on the head of a Russian man who for the past 18 years operated Try2Check, one of the cybercrime underground’s most trusted services for checking the validity of stolen credit card data. U.S. authorities say 43-year-old Denis Kulkov’s card-checking service made him at least $18 million, which he used to buy a Ferrari, Land Rover, and other luxury items.

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UK Sets Up Fake Booter Sites To Muddy DDoS Market

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2023 17:26:07 +0000

The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has been busy setting up phony DDoS-for-hire websites that seek to collect information on users, remind them that launching DDoS attacks is illegal, and generally increase the level of paranoia for people looking to hire such services. 

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Meet the Administrators of the RSOCKS Proxy Botnet

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2022 13:06:34 +0000

Authorities in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K. last week said they dismantled the “RSOCKS” botnet, a collection of millions of hacked devices that were sold as “proxies” to cybercriminals looking for ways to route their malicious traffic through someone else’s computer. While the coordinated action did not name the Russian hackers allegedly behind RSOCKS, KrebsOnSecurity has identified its owner as a Russian man living abroad who also runs the world’s top Russian spamming forum.

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RaidForums Gets Raided, Alleged Admin Arrested

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2022 17:29:33 +0000

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said today it seized the website and user database for RaidForums, an extremely popular English-language cybercrime forum that sold access to more than 10 billion consumer records stolen in some of the world’s largest data breaches since 2015. The DOJ also charged the alleged administrator of RaidForums — 21-year-old Diogo Santos Coelho, of Portugal — with six criminal counts, including conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

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Actions Target Russian Govt. Botnet, Hydra Dark Market

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2022 22:03:45 +0000

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says it has disrupted a giant botnet built and operated by a Russian government intelligence unit known for launching destructive cyberattacks against energy infrastructure in the United States and Ukraine. Separately, law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Germany moved to decapitate “Hydra,” a billion-dollar Russian darknet drug bazaar that also helped to launder the profits of multiple Russian ransomware groups.

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Estonian Tied to 13 Ransomware Attacks Gets 66 Months in Prison

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2022 17:10:34 +0000

An Estonian man was sentenced today to more than five years in a U.S. prison for his role in at least 13 ransomware attacks that caused losses of approximately $53 million. Prosecutors say the accused also enjoyed a lengthy career of “cashing out” access to hacked bank accounts worldwide.

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