The Bayrob malware gang’s rise and fall


Bayrob gang memers

Three Romanians ran an extremely complex online fraud operation along with a massive malware botnet for nine years, made tens of millions of US dollars, but their crime spree is now over, and all three will be heading to prison by the end of August this year.

The three were arrested in late 2016 after the FBI and Symantec had silently stalked their malware servers for years, patiently waiting for the highly skilled group to make mistakes that would leave enough of a breadcrumb trail to follow back to their real identities.

Those errors came in 2015, when of the group’s proxy servers began leaking details about the group’s traffic, eventually leading investigators on the right path, and when later that year one of the hackers made an unfortunate trip to Miami, where the FBI secretly search his phone at the border.

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