Following last year’s disruption of the Glupteba botnet by the internet giant, Google filed a lawsuit against its operators.
In December 2021, Google declared that it had disrupted the C&C infrastructure of the botnet. At the time, the company claimed that even if its actions didn’t completely shut down the botnet, they should still make it harder for its operators to carry out further operations. If the botnet is currently operational is unknown. The Glupteba malware has the ability to mine cryptocurrencies, steal user credentials and other data, and turn compromised devices into proxies.
This week, a court in the Southern District of New York granted Google default judgment and imposed financial penalties on the defendants and their US-based council.