Russians, Others Indicted in Huge Digital Ad Fraud Scheme

Nov 28, 2018  •  Post A Comment

“The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted six Russian nationals and two people from Kazakhstan who were allegedly involved in a digital advertising fraud scheme worth more than $30 million,” Adweek reports. “The 13-count indictment, which was unsealed [Tuesday] in federal court in Brooklyn, is a part of a multiyear investigation into two international cybercriminal rings that has now led to charges of wire fraud, computer intrusion, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. So far, three of people have been arrested, while others remain at large, according to the DOJ.”

The report adds: “According to the DOJ, the activity, which involved more than 5,000 fake domains and 1,900 computers, occurred between September 2014 and December 2016. The defendants allegedly also leased more than 650,000 IP addresses, resulting in more than $7 million in revenue from fake advertising.”

Adweek also reports: “A second scheme, which involved defendants allegedly using malware-infected computers to run automated ad-fraud schemes without users’ knowledge or consent, occurred between December 2015 and October 2018, reaching more than 1.7 million computers and resulting in $29 million in payments for fake digital ads.”

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