Ad fraud botnet sinkholed; botmasters indicted.
A US Federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in Brooklyn charges eight men with several counts related to the ad-fraud scheme 3ve (Infosecurity Magazine). Aleksandr Zhukov, Boris Timokhin, Mikhail Andreev, Denis Avdeev, Dmitry Novikov, Sergey Ovsyannikov, Aleksandr Isaev and Yevgeniy Timchenko face counts of wire fraud, computer intrusion, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering. Messrs. Oysyannikov, Zhukov, and Timchenko are in custody and awaiting extradition to the US. The other five remain at large. According to the FBI, the enforcement operation involved many international partners (Threatpost).
3ve had both a data-center and a botnet-based criminal operation. The FBI acknowledged several companies' and organizations' help in taking down the botnet: White Ops, Google, Proofpoint, Fox IT, Microsoft, ESET, Trend Micro, Symantec, CenturyLink, F-Secure, Malwarebytes, MediaMath, the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance, and the Shadowserver Foundation.