RSOCKS botnet

June 22, 2022

Meet the Administrators of the RSOCKS Proxy Botnet

This post was originally published on this siteAuthorities in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K. last week said they dismantled the “RSOCKS” botnet, a collection of millions of hacked devices that were sold as “proxies” to cybercriminals looking for ways to route their malicious traffic through someone else’s computer. While the coordinated action did not name the Russian hackers allegedly behind RSOCKS, KrebsOnSecurity has identified its owner as a 35-year-old Russian man living abroad who also runs the world’s top Russian spamming forum. The RUSdot mailer, the email spamming tool made and sold by the administrator of […]
June 28, 2022

The Link Between AWM Proxy & the Glupteba Botnet

This post was originally published on this siteOn December 7, 2021, Google announced it was suing two Russian men allegedly responsible for operating the Glupteba botnet, a global malware menace that has infected millions of computers over the past decade. That same day, AWM Proxy — a 14-year-old anonymity service that rents hacked PCs to cybercriminals — suddenly went offline. Security experts had long seen a link between Glupteba and AWM Proxy, but new research shows AWM Proxy’s founder is one of the men being sued by Google. AWMproxy, the storefront for renting access to infected PCs, circa 2011. Launched […]
September 23, 2022

Accused Russian RSOCKS Botmaster Arrested, Requests Extradition to U.S.

This post was originally published on this siteA 36-year-old Russian man recently identified by KrebsOnSecurity as the likely proprietor of the massive RSOCKS botnet has been arrested in Bulgaria at the request of U.S. authorities. At a court hearing in Bulgaria this month, the accused hacker requested and was granted extradition to the United States, reportedly telling the judge, “America is looking for me because I have enormous information and they need it.” A copy of the passport for Denis Kloster, as posted to his Vkontakte page in 2019. On June 22, KrebsOnSecurity published Meet the Administrators of the RSOCKS […]