Google is reportedly suing two Russian hackers behind the Glupteba botnet, which the tech giant believes has infected 1 million devices.
Google has taken action against a major hacking operation that it believes has infected more than a million devices.
The tech giant is cracking down on the so-called Glupteba botnet, suing two Russians who are allegedly behind it, Sun Reported.
This is a notorious piece of malware that is known to take control of people’s Windows PCs.
Criminals can then steal people’s details and data, as well as use their machines to mine cryptocurrencies.
At times this vicious attack was spreading at the rate of thousands of new devices per day.
Google said it has disrupted operations by terminating nearly 63 million Google Docs sharing Glupteba, as well as more than 1100 Google accounts and even 870 Google ads.
But it warned that the criminal masterminds driving things have already taken steps to keep the network running.
“We understand and recognize the threats facing the Internet, and we are doing our part to address them,” the firm pledged.
This is the first time that legal action has been initiated against a blockchain enabled botnet.
The claim was filed in the Southern District of New York for computer fraud and abuse, and trademark infringement.
He also sought a temporary stay order.
Google hopes the move will deter other cybercriminals from doing the same.
However, security experts have their doubts.
“It’s rare that people behind such operations are ever caught, so it’s often best to fight such activities with preventative measures,” said Jake Moore, a cybersecurity expert at Internet security firm ESET.
As always with any computer, you must have antivirus software and run regular scans, as well as replace the default password with a unique password.
This story first appeared on Sun and is republished here with permission