(Reuters) – Law enforcement agencies in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom dismantled a global network of Internet-connected devices that had been hacked by Russian cybercriminals and used for malicious purposes, the US Department of Justice said on Thursday.
The network, known as the “RSOCKS” botnet, consisted of millions of hacked computers and devices around the world, including “Internet of Things” gadgets such as routers and smart garage openers, the department said in a statement.
RSOCKS users paid a fee of between $ 30 and $ 200 per day to direct malicious Internet activity through compromised devices to mask or disguise the real source of traffic, the department said.
“It is believed that users of this type of proxy service carried out large-scale attacks on authentication services, also known as login fulfillment, and anonymized themselves when accessing compromised social media accounts or sending malicious emails, such as phishing messages.”; It said.
Several large public and private entities have fallen victim to RSOCKS, including a university, a hotel, a television studio and an electronics manufacturer, the department said. It did not name any of them.