Ad Fraud 101: How Cybercriminals Profit from Clicks

Ad Fraud 101: How Cybercriminals Profit from Clicks

Fraud is and always will be a cornerstone of the cybercrime community. The associated economic gains provide substantial motivation for today’s malicious actors, which is reflected in the rampant use of identity ...
Mobile Fraud, Threats Soar

Two Dozen Click Fraud Apps Found in Google Play

Attackers managed to pass Google’s defenses and place 22 Android apps on Google Play that engaged in sophisticated advertising click fraud when installed on users’ phones. The majority of the apps were ...
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U.S. Charges Two Iranians for SamSam Ransomware Attacks

U.S. Charges Two Iranians for SamSam Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged two Iranian men for creating and distributing a ransomware program called SamSam that caused massive disruptions in hospitals, municipalities and public institutions over the past ...
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Mirai Botnet Authors Avoid Jail Time

Mirai Botnet Authors Avoid Jail Time

Citing "extraordinary cooperation" with the government, a court in Alaska on Tuesday sentenced three men to probation, community service and fines for their admitted roles in authoring and using "Mirai," a potent ...

Mirai botnet authors plead guilty

The authors of the infamous Mirai botnet - used to launch record-breaking Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks last year that knocked major segments of the internet offline - have pleaded guilty ...
Mirai IoT Botnet Co-Authors Plead Guilty

Mirai IoT Botnet Co-Authors Plead Guilty

The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday unsealed the guilty pleas of two men first identified in January 2017 by KrebsOnSecurity as the likely co-authors of Mirai, a malware strain that remotely enslaves ...
Malicious ad/click networks: common or forgotten threat?

Malicious ad/click networks: common or forgotten threat?

IntroductionMalicious ad/click networks and ad fraud are not entirely a new phenomenon, but it is important to realize the kind of threat it may pose. Is it a common, or forgotten threat? ...