Google Gimps Huge Glupteba Botnet That Infects A Million Windows PCs With Malware
Another example of a major botnet is Glupteba. Google says that Glupteba's network includes around a million machines worldwide, and that it sometimes adds "thousands of new devices per day." Glupteba isn't just a botnet—the malware itself can have a nasty payload, including theft of user credentials and data, illicit crypto-currency mining using the victims' hardware, and even setting up proxies to funnel other users' internet traffic through the infected machine or router.
The other tine of Google's two-pronged attack is legal action. Google's filing litigation against those who it perceives to be the operators of Glupteba: a group of hackers in Russia. Besides filing an action in New York against the hackers, the company has also filed for a restraining order to prevent access to its own services, which hosted some of the command and control infrastructure for Glupteba. Google says that if its legal actions are successful, they will generate "real legal liability" for the operators.
As Google notes, the fault-tolerant and redundant nature of Glupteba, in combination with its blockchain-based nature, makes it extremely resilient. The company says that rather than trying to shut it down directly, Google is working with both other figures in the industry as well as governments worldwide to help strengthen the internet at large against "this type of behavior." Google says its goal is not just to "plug security holes," but instead to "eliminate entire classes of threats." Lofty goals, but if anyone has the resources to do it, it's Google.