Google, the most widely used search engine in the world, has prevailed in a lawsuit brought against three Russian citizens who were implicated in the creation and maintenance of the Glupteba blockchain-based botnet.
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Three Russians and a Ukrainian were fined $9.1 million by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for creating and maintaining a botnet to steal user information.
The four accused were all hit with charges of computer fraud, misuse, and money laundering as part of a larger conspiracy. Additionally, they were forced to pay $567,000 in reparations to the affected parties.
"This prosecution sends a message that we will utilize the full power of the law to prosecute those who design and run botnets," said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski of the Justice Department's Criminal Division.
Infected machines might have their login information and other private data stolen by the Glupteba botnet, which was initially discovered in 2012. It is also used unethically to create phony clicks and views in order to scam advertisers.
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