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A sophisticated internet fraud ring that infected four million computers in 100 countries over five years and allowed criminals to manipulate people's web browsing and online advertising has been dismantled.
The FBI announced six Estonian internet players have been arrested and charged after a two-year investigation code-named Operation Ghost Click. It will seek to extradite them to face charges in the US. A seventh man is still at large.
The FBI estimates the cyber thieves pocketed US$14million ($13.8 million) in illicit advertising fees which were paid by unsuspecting companies thinking their ads were appearing on legitimate sites.
Operation Ghost Click had cooperation from the National High Tech Crime Unitof the Dutch Police which has helped in the takedown of other large cyber crime rings, including the spam botnet Rustock in February. NASA, security vendor Trend Micro, Estonian Police and a number of American universities were also involved.
He named Estonian company Rove Digital as the controlling entity of the criminal ring. The company owns several offshoots including Esthosts and Estdomains which have been accused of serving criminal customers.
He said the rogue DNS servers which received the unsuspecting traffic were hosted on dns1.esthost.com to dns52. sthost.com (52 domain names). They also used domain names ending in .intra.