Botmaster Underground Member affects 400,000 to Earn Adware Commissions

By exclamation55
Nov 4, 2005
  1. affiliate of several adware companies, which paid him a commission based on the number of installations. The indictment charges that he would vary the download times and rates of the adware installations to avoid detection, and that when companies hosting Ancheta's adware servers discovered the malicious activity, he redirected his botnet armies to a different server he controlled to pick up adware.

    The suspect made about $60,000 by installing adware on some 400,000 compromised computers, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

    Among the systems affected by the botnets were computers at the Weapons Division of the United States Naval Air Warfare Center, as well as machines operated by the U.S. Department of Defense.
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