By Stewart Meagher
5 August 2009
A LATVIAN HOSTING COMPANY that was thought to have harboured the world's
biggest phishing botnet has been forced to shut up shop by the Swedish
telecoms outfit Telis Sonera.
Real Host, which owned the AS8206 Junik server based in Riga that spread
the Zeus botnet, has been linked to almost half of the world's phishing
attacks in which Russian gangsters attempted to steal the identities and
bank details of Internet users.
The Russian Business Network (RBN), which inhabited the same server, had
been described as one of the world's most blatant cybercrime networks
and was considered a bullet proof hosting hub by digital dastards the
Under the counter goings on served at Real Host connected sites included
exploits for unpatched zero-day flaws, malware payloads to drop on
victims PCs (including fake codecs, banking trojans, spambots, fake
antivirus software and even a Mac trojan), phishing websites, money mule
(pyramid selling for the terminally stupid) recruitment sites, cracked
software and illegal porn.
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