World's largest botnet dismantled: alleged leader arrested

cybercrimeU.S. federal authorities have announced the arrest of Yunhe Wang, the alleged leader of the largest ever botnet, dubbed “911 S5”. With 19 million zombie computers, this network was being used for illegal purposes: fraud, identity theft, child exploitation and cybercrime facilitation.

Y. Wang had been running this network since 2014. He spread his malware via virtual private networks (VPNs) and licensed computer software. The botnet he created included infected IP addresses in 190 countries.

According to prosecutors, Yunhe Wang had earned 99 million US dollars by selling access to his botnet to cybercriminals.

Authorities have already seized 30 million dollars' worth of assets belonging to Wang, and identified an equivalent amount of property subject to seizure.

Wang could face a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison.

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