According to the company, the victims of the malicious network were users from the United States, India, Brazil, and Southeast Asia

​Google has filed a lawsuit against the Russian hackers as part of the botnet fight

08.12.2021 - 12:45


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What’s new? Google has filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against two Russian nationals, Dmitry Starovikov and Alexander Filippov, for allegedly creating and managing the “Glupteba” botnet.

Information in the Google blog

What do company representatives say? Royal Hansen, Google's Vice President of Security, announced measures to disrupt the botnet's activities in a blog post:

“Due to Glupteba’s sophisticated architecture and the recent actions that its organizers have taken to maintain the botnet, scale its operations, and conduct widespread criminal activity, we have also decided to take legal action against its operators, which we believe will make it harder for them to take advantage of unsuspecting users.”

What is a botnet? It consists of a network of different devices controlled by a group or an individual and is used to infect Windows devices around the world. “Glupteba” is used to steal users’ data, mine cryptocurrency, and redirect the Internet traffic through malicious routers. According to Google's Threat Analysis Group, its victims are users in the USA, India, Brazil, and Southeast Asia.

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