The Justice Department is prosecuting prosecutors for eight notorious online fraudsters, 3ve, and Methbot. The defendants, mostly Russians, have been charged with raising more than $ 36 million from companies that think they are paying for advertising on their Web sites. But this ad was never found by humans at all. Instead, the defendants are estimated to use server farms and botnets to simulate billions of physical page visits.
According to the press release, Sergey Ovsyannikov and Yevgeniy Timchenko from Kazakhstan and Russian Alexander Zhukov were arrested last month. [Boris Timokhin][Mikhail Andreev][Denis Avdeev][Dmitry Novikov][Aleksandr Isaev]
This group plans two separate related frauds. The first suspect charged $ 7 million between September 2014 and December 2016. The offender traded the ad network with the exchange and then used the lease server to simulate the fact that a real Internet user would visit a spoofed web page and see the ad. Between December 2015 and October 2018, it earned $ 290 million based on a similar principle, but instead of a server farm, it used a full-fledged botnet of 1.7 million infected computers.
The defendants are the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Google and computer security companies, and others, including wireline fraud, money laundering, malicious identity theft, He was arrested in partnership with private companies such as Back Ops. In that regard, White Ops estimated that Methbot's operator raised $ 3-5 million a day from advertisers. "We have revolutionized advertising innovation," White Ops said. "We are operating on a scale that never surprises advertisers." Some analysts have questioned this figure and based on current indictments, the total cost is not as high as the original estimate suggests. But it was still a big, complex, and surprisingly long-term task.