Last Friday, on August 4, a jury in the US found Fabio Gasperini, an Italian citizen, guilty of building a botnet that he used to hijack remote servers and surreptitiously click on ads for his personal profits.
A new click-fraud trojan is infecting Windows computers and using virtual desktops to click on ads in search results to earn a profit for its creator(s).
During the past month, both Google and Mozilla developers have added support in their respective browsers for "headless mode," a mechanism that allows browsers to run silently in the OS background and with no visible GUI.
US officials successfully extradited a 30-year-old Italian man for his role in creating and running a botnet of hacked servers.
Google Chrome users need to be on the lookout for websites trying to trick them into downloading a font update package for their browser, as most chances are that the file is laced with malware.
Over the past weeks, security researchers from Sucuri and Malwarebytes have discovered two campaigns that abuse hacked and fake websites to push Google ads and trick users into clicking these advertisments, for the crooks profits.
A bot farm involving hundreds of servers and over 570K different IP addresses has caused losses for online video advertisers ranging from $3 to $5M per day. This bot farm, nicknamed Methbot, dates back to Sep 2015, when US security firm White Ops had first detected signs of automated traffic coming from the crook's infrastructure.