Avalanche Bot Net Shut Down Global Cyber-Crime Raid

Posted: Dec 1 2016, 11:04am CST | by , in Technology News


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Avalanche Bot Net Shut down Global Cyber-Crime Raid
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A coordinated raid authorities arrested criminals operating one of the largest bot nets.

The Avalanche bot net is no more. The police in Germany announced a historic success against cyber crime. In a coordinated raid in 10 countries hackers operating the Avalanche bot net on over 100,000 invested PCs have been arrested.

The Avalanche botnet was existing since 2009 and used to send out phishing mails and more. The Avalanche botnet was also rented to other criminals for their malicious purposes.

Two hackers who are believed to have been the administrators of the botnet infrastructure were arrested in Ukraine and another person was arrested in Berlin, officials in Germany said.

The German police coordinated the hit against Avalanche with cyber-crime units in 41 countries including the FBI over the past 4 years, according to a Reuters report. The investigation has identified 16 people in connection with operating the Avalanche network.

The internet got a bit safer today. There are though more botnets out there that use IoT devices and PCs of unsuspected owners. Last weekend the German Telekom DSL infrastructure got attacked. Hackers tried to compromise over 900,000 DSL routers. They did not succeed, but the attack caused a country-wide outage as routers stopped working.

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