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On 30 November 2016, after more than 4 years of investigation, the Public Prosecutor's Office Verden and the Lüneburg Police (Germany) in close cooperation with the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Department of Justice and the FBI, Europol, Eurojust and global partners, dismantled an international criminal infrastructure platform known as 'Avalanche'.
The Avalanche network was used as a delivery platform to launch and manage mass global malware attacks and money mule recruiting campaigns.
It has caused an estimated EUR 6 million in damages in concentrated cyberattacks on online banking systems in Germany alone. In addition, the monetary losses associated with malware attacks conducted over the Avalanche network are estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of euros worldwide, although exact calculations are difficult due to the high number of malware families managed through the platform. ( ~ 20 different malware families such as goznym, marcher, matsnu, urlzone, xswkit, pandabanker )
The global effort to take down this network involved the crucial support of prosecutors and investigators from 30 countries. As a result, 5 individuals were arrested, 37 premises were searched, and 39 servers were seized. Victims of malware infections were identified in over 180 countries. Also, 221 servers were put offline through abuse notifications sent to the hosting providers. The operation marks the largest-ever use of sinkholing to combat botnet infrastructures and is unprecedented in its scale, with over 800 000 domains seized, sinkholed or blocked.
The criminal groups have been using the Avalanche infrastructure since 2009 for conducting malware, phishing & spam activities. They sent more than 1 million e-mails with damaging attachments or links every week to unsuspecting victims. The Avalanche network was estimated to involve as many as 500,000 infected computers worldwide on a daily basis.
Together with the German & US authorities, our EU & international partners, & with support from Eurojust & EC3, Avalanche, one of the world's largest and most malicious botnet infrastructures, has been decisively neutralised in one of the biggest takedowns to date. Computer users, victims, should note that this law enforcement action will NOT clean malware off any infected computers.
→ https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/12/ava ... ismantled/
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