Google sued two Russian nationals on Tuesday for being part of a criminal enterprise that has quietly infiltrated more than a million computers and devices worldwide.
In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Google named two Russians, Dmitry Starovikov and Alexander Filippov, as well as 15 others.
According to Google, the defendants created a “botnet” known as Glupteba, used for illegal purposes, including the theft and unauthorized use of Google users’ login and account information.
In the complaint, Google said that Glupteba botnet stands out from others because of its “technical sophistication,” using blockchain technology to protect itself from disruption, which could be used in a ransomware attack or distributed denial of service attack.
Chainalysis Inc., a blockchain forensic analysis firm, said its products and services were used to investigate the botnet.
A Google spokesperson said this is the first time the company is going after a botnet.
“We are taking this action to further protect internet users and to send a message to cybercriminals that we will not tolerate this type of activity,” the spokesperson said.
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