Google announces lawsuit and action against blockchain botnet Glupteba

Google announced this morning that it disrupted the command and control infrastructure of Russia-based Glupteba, a blockchain-backed botnet being used to target Windows machines. 

Google vice president of security Royal Hansen and general counsel Halimah DeLaine Prado wrote in a blog post on Tuesday that the company’s Threat Analysis Group had been tracking Glupteba for months before taking technical and legal actions against the group. 

Google filed a lawsuit against the blockchain-enabled botnet — litigation they called the first of its kind — hoping to “create legal liability for the botnet operators, and help deter future activity.”

“After a thorough investigation, we determined that the Glupteba botnet currently involves approximately one million compromised Windows devices worldwide, and, at times, grows at a rate of thousands of new devices per day,” the two wrote. 

“Glupteba is notorious for stealing users’ credentials and data, mining cryptocurrencies on infected hosts, and setting up proxies to funnel other people’s internet traffic through infected machines and routers.”

Google noted that while they were able to disrupt key Glupteba command and control infrastructure, the actions may prove to be temporary due to the group’s “sophisticated architecture and the recent actions that its organizers have taken to maintain the botnet, scale its

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