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Is WatchAsap displaying a seizure banner by the feds?

WatchAsap shows a seizure banner on its website

WatchAsap shows a seizure banner on its website

Earlier this year, 123movies, also known as 123movieshub and GoMovies, had officially announced that they would be shutting down its service.

But before it closed down, the administrators of the 123movies website encouraged their millions of users to migrate to a paid streaming site called WatchAsap.com.

However, this website is now suddenly displaying a familiar seizure banner, which says that the domain name was seized by the feds as part of an ongoing criminal case, reports TorrentFreak.

Apparently, 123movies, the popular and largest movie pirating website that received millions of visitors per day, prompted the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to label it “the most popular illegal site in the world.”

However, it was later learned that the site had decided to close down in response to a criminal investigation carried out by the authorities of Vietnam, where the site’s owners were allegedly based.

Several people were of the opinion that both sites were closely connected, as WatchAsap continued to remain online when 123movies decided to shut down.

“An important development in 2018 was the shuttering of a ring of piracy services that had operated under the names 123movies, 123movieshub, gostream, and gomovies following the launch of a criminal investigation in Vietnam and significant industry engagement,” the MPAA explained.

WatchAsap’s homepage changed considerably this month after remaining online for several months. Users are now greeted by a warning seizure banner instead of paid access to HD streams.

“This domain name associated with the website WatchAsap.com has been seized pursuant to an order issued by the U.S. District Court,” it reads, adding that a federal grand jury charged several individuals for related crimes.

In the past, such kind of banners have been used for criminal investigations. Other than the name of the website, the banner displayed at Megaupload.com in the past was actually identical.

Currently, it is unclear if the seizure banner on the site is due to any criminal case as no announcement about a related accusation has been made so far. Further, the domain “WHOIS” hasn’t been updated to indicate a seizure of the portal. Also, the site is still using Cloudflare’s nameservers, which is unusual in these cases when compared to previous seizures. Additionally, the WatchAsap team has not provided any public announcement for the seizure.

As a result, the mystery surrounding the seizure of WatchAsap still continues….

Keep watching this space for more, as this is a developing story!

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OneMov Operator’s Home Raided By Cyber police in Ukraine

OneMov Operator's Home Raided By Cyber police in Ukraine

Cyber police in Ukraine raids pirate site for infringing Universal’s copyrights

The Ukrainian cyber police recently raided the home of an alleged operator of a pirate streaming portal for infringing Universal’s copyrights, reports TorrentFreak.

The accused in question is a 24-year-old pirate website operator who is reportedly behind OneMov and 10 other pirate websites. The Ministry says that officers from the Kiev Department of Cyber policies, along with investigators from the Vasylkivsky police department, have executed a warrant in the south-eastern city of Zaporizhzhia.

Also Read- 15 Best Free Movie Download Websites

According to the authorities, the individual “reproduced and distributed audiovisual works” belonging to Universal City Studios LLLP, which is represented locally by the Ukrainian Anti-Piracy Association.

OneMov gained an international following that caught Universal City Studios’ attention. Police carried out an “authorized search” that led them to discover items relating the accused to the platform.

“In his apartment, the system unit of a personal computer containing an electronic control panel of the site was removed. In addition, a router was found that was used to administer the specified web resource and bank cards, which included funds from advertising on the specified site,” The Ministry of Affairs revealed in an official statement.

Authorities believe that the arrested man is not only linked to OneMov but could also be handling 10 other pirate websites including MovDB, OneStream and more.

The arrested man is being investigated for offenses under Part 3, Article 176 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Infringement of Copyright and Related Rights) and may face up to 6 years in prison.

Ukraine, which is known for its high piracy rates, has often been criticized for not cracking down on online and offline piracy. Authorities have often failed to take action against local pirate and gray-area hosting platforms that has helped website like OneMov remain active in Ukraine for years.

However, after legal complaints were filed by Universal City Studios and many other popular entertainment companies, the cyber police was forced to take action against OneMov.

Earlier this year, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) kept Ukraine on its Priority Watch List (pdf), blaming government agencies of using pirated software and a “failure to implement an effective means to combat the widespread online infringement of copyright in Ukraine.”

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Greek ISPs Ordered To Block The Pirate Bay, 1337x, YTS And Other Domains

Greek ISPs Ordered To Block The Pirate Bay, 1337x, YTS And Other Domains

Court Orders Greek ISPs To Block 38 Domains, Including The Pirate Bay, YTS and 1337x

Greek ISPs (Internet Service Providers) have been ordered by a special Government-affiliated commission to block 38 domains, including The Pirate Bay (TPB), 1337x, and YTS, following a request from a local anti-piracy group, reports TorrentFreak.

The local anti-piracy group, Society for the Protection of Audiovisual Works (EPOE), which represents the interests of major Greek copyright holders, had filed a blocking request in spring.

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The group filed an application with the IPPC, a special commission that falls under the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports, which decided that ISPs must block a total of 38 domain names.

The targeted sites include The Pirate Bay, 1337x, YTS, as well as several popular local sites, such as Xrysoi, Gamatotv, and Tainiomania. With Subztv.club, Subtitles.gr, and others, subtitle sites are included in the list of blocked domains as well.

The blocking request was finally approved, as the Government-affiliated commission felt that all the targeted sites are involved in large-scale copyright infringement.

ALSO READ: How To Unblock Torrent Sites

The commission has set a tight deadline of 48 hours for Greek ISPs to comply with the order. In the event of non-compliance, Greek ISPs will face a fine of 850 euros per day, reports Lawspot. The order stands for three years and it explicitly excludes offenses committed by end users.

Below is the complete list of the domain names that are to be blocked by the Greek decision:

  1. https://xrysoi.online
    2. xrysoi.se
    3. xrysoi.eu
    4. http://gamatotv.me
    5. thegmtv.org,
    6. gamatotv.to
    7. https: //onlinemoviestar.xyz
    8. onlinemoviestar.com
    9. tainies.online
    10. tenies.online
    11. https://tenies-online.com
    12. teniesonline.ucoz.com
    13. https: // oipeirates .online
    14. oipeirates.eu
    15. oipeirates.se
    16. http://tainio-mania.com
    17. tainiomania.ucoz.com
    18. https: // liomen oi.com
    19. moviecinema.gr
    20. moviecinematv.online
    21. http://tainiesonline.tv
    22. https://magico.info
    23. http://www.subs4free.com
    24. small-industry.com
    25. rnedium-industry.com
    26. https://subztv.club
    27. http: // www .greeksubtitles.info
    28. htt : // www.subtitles.gr
    29. https://thepiratebay.org
    30. thepiratebay.se
    31. thepiratebay.me
    32. thepiratebay3.org
    33. https://yts.am
    34. https: //www.1337x.to
    35. 1337x.st
    36. 1337x.ws
    37. 1337x.eu
    38. 1337x.se

The Pirate Bay has become one of the main targets of the anti-piracy groups. The site has been blocked in approximately two-dozen countries already, mostly in Europe.

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Earlier this week, we reported that local ISPs in Romania were ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay following a court order obtained by several Hollywood studios including Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Sony, Paramount, Universal, and Columbia.

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Roku devices to be back on sale in Mexico following court ruling

Roku devices to be back on sale in Mexico following court ruling

Roku to resume sales in Mexico after court ruling

A favorable ruling from the 11th Collegiate Court in Mexico City will now allow the popular streaming device, Roku, to resume sales of its set-top boxes in Mexico in the coming weeks.

Roku devices were prohibited for sale in Mexico back in July 2017 due to a piracy lawsuit filed by TV company Cablevision, the cable TV operator owned by Mexican media giant Televisa. Cablevision took Roku to court alleging that the devices manufactured by Roku were being hacked to allow users to watch pirated channels. However, this ruling has now been overturned and Roku has been declared legal that allows it to enter the streaming market in Mexico once again.

Roku General Counsel Stephen Kay says, “Today’s decision is an important victory for Roku and its Mexican distributor, Latamel Distribuidora, S. de R.L. de C.V. and Mexican retailers in the legal battle against an improper ban on sales of its popular streaming players in Mexico. We are pleased with the Collegiate Court’s decision and look forward to continuing to build Roku’s TV streaming business in Mexico.”

Also, Roku CMO Matthew Anderson after the latest ruling said, “Streaming is the future of TV. It offers a great opportunity for consumers in Mexico by providing more entertainment choices, the ability to watch TV on their schedules and more value for money. We are grateful for our customers in Mexico who, despite the sales ban, continued to stream more and more hours; and for our retail partners and content providers who supported us throughout this past year. We look forward to launching the latest Roku devices in Mexico soon and giving customers an even richer streaming experience.”

However, Cablevision also issued a statement warning Roku that it would take further legal action if it found pirate channels appearing on Roku devices in the future. “In the event they fail to take due care about carrying unauthorized content, we will continue with legal action such as the dozens of actions that the Mexican Intellectual Property Institute (IMPI) and various judicial, local and federal governments have taken to block pirated sites on Roku,” said Cablevision.

Roku devices are expected to become available for sale via distributors including Amazon, Best Buy, Office Depot, Radio Shack, Sears, and Walmart in the coming weeks.

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Google will start charging licensing fee for its Android apps in Europe

Google will start charging licensing fee for its Android apps in Europe

Google to charge device makers in Europe for Android apps in response to EU fine

Google will start charging a licensing fee for Android device makers who want to pre-install apps like Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube on handsets sold in Europe. The announcement made by Google comes in response to a record $5 billion EU antitrust fine.

For those unaware, the EU Commission in July this year had imposed on Google a record $5 billion (4.34 billion euros) fine for illegally abusing the dominance of its Android operating system. Back then, EU said that the U.S. tech giant has been unlawfully using Android’s near-monopoly since 2011 to improve usage of its own search engine and browser and to strengthen its dominant position in general Internet search.

Google argued that “Android has created more choice, not less”. It also said that pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with other apps helped it fund the development and free distribution of Android. Hence, earlier this month, Google challenged the $5 billion fine imposed by EU antitrust regulators and filed an appeal at the General Court of the European Union.

While the appeal is still pending, Google is working on to comply with EU’s decision. The search giant will change how it bundles its apps on Android phones and also end restrictions on phone makers selling modified or “forked” versions of the mobile operating system.

“First, we’re updating the compatibility agreements with mobile device makers that set out how Android is used to develop smartphones and tablets. Going forward, Android partners wishing to distribute Google apps may also build non-compatible, or forked, smartphones and tablets for the European Economic Area (EEA), said the company in a blog post.

“Second, device manufacturers will be able to license the Google mobile application suite separately from the Google Search App or the Chrome browser. Since the pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with our other apps helped us fund the development and free distribution of Android, we will introduce a new paid licensing agreement for smartphones and tablets shipped into the EEA. Android will remain free and open source.

“Third, we will offer separate licenses to the Google Search app and to Chrome.”

The company also added, “We’ll also offer new commercial agreements to partners for the non-exclusive pre-installation and placement of Google Search and Chrome. As before, competing apps may be pre-installed alongside ours.”

The new licensing options could work in favor of device makers, as they will no longer require to accept all Google apps as a bundle. However, on the downside, the device makers will have to bear additional cost for installation of preferred apps, which they will eventually pass on to consumers by slightly increasing prices of the devices they sell.

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The new changes are expected to come in effect from October 29, 2018, for all new smartphones and tablets launched in the EEA. While Google has not announced what the fee structure will be, it will only apply for devices that are intended for sale in the 31 member countries of the EEA.

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The Pirate Bay And Other Sites Ordered To Be Blocked By ISP Telia

The Pirate Bay And Other Sites Ordered To Be Blocked By ISP Telia

ISP Telia has been ordered by the court to block The Pirate Bay, Fmovies, Dreamfilm, and other sites

Telia, an internet service provider (ISP) which operates in Sweden, in an interim ruling on Monday has been ordered by Sweden’s Patent and Market Court to block large torrent and streaming platforms, such as The Pirate Bay, Dreamfilm, FMovies, and NyaFilmer.

The decision comes following a complaint by a huge association of content companies and groups including the Swedish Film Industry, Nordisk Film, Disney, Paramount, Columbia, Disney, and Twentieth Century Fox.

Also Read: The Pirate Bay Alternatives- 10 Best Torrent Sites like TPB (2018)

‘Site-blocking’ has become one of the preferred anti-piracy tools by many content companies and distributors who are looking to decrease the level of copyright infringement.

It all started in Sweden last year when the Swedish Patent and Market Court of Appeal ordered local ISP Bredbandsbolaget (Broadband Company) to block The Pirate Bay and streaming site Swefilmer. Back then, Telia said that it would not block The Pirate Bay, unless it is forced to do so by law and that the decision only affected Bredbandsbolaget.

The order by the Patent and Market Court has now put Telia in the same situation that Bredbandsbolaget was last year.

Per Strömbäck of the Film and TV Industry Cooperation Committee said in a statement that a favorable decision was expected, reported IDG.

“The decision was expected and complies with the current legal situation. Now it’s high time that Telia takes the same responsibility in Sweden as it already does in Denmark and Norway,” Strömbäck said.

However, site blocking in Sweden is not as easy as it seems, as the same was observed in last year’s decision in the Bredbandsbolaget case.

Apparently, the Court discovered that under EU law, the copyright holders can obtain an injunction against ISPs whose services are used to carry out copyright infringement, mentioning that the Swedish Copyright Act should be interpreted “in the light of EU law.”

The Court also wanted to ensure before deciding on an injunction that any blocking would be proportional. A blocking order is now considered an appropriate response since sites like The Pirate Bay and similar platforms primarily offer illegally-distributed copyright-protected content.

The interim ruling handed by the Court on Monday will be valid from October 30. Effective that date, Telia will stop providing subscribers access to the sites that are mentioned in the complaint and will continue to follow it until the case is finalized. Meanwhile, Telia says it is considering its position.

“We are surprised by the news and we are going to analyze the decision to decide if we will appeal,” Telia spokesperson Iréne Krohn told TorrentFreak.

“We believe that legislators and courts should make the assessment. Service providers cannot and do not want to decide what’s available on the internet.”

Jon Karlung, CEO of freedom-loving ISP Bahnhof, reacted to the news and criticized the court and its decision.

“It is a specialized court without credibility that represents a special interest,” he said.

“[Blocking] does not work technically and, in principle, you can not build a filter for everything you dislike on the internet. You are destroying the core of the internet, to communicate freely.”

Also Read– How To Unblock Torrent Sites

The injunction given against Bredbandsbolaget last year was the first of its kind in Sweden. It had a time limit of three years and a penalty of around US$56,000 for any breaches. More information on the Telia case is expected to be revealed in the coming days.

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123movies was shut down~ Sites to watch Movies online

123 movies was shut down following criminal investigation

Infamous website 123movies which provided HD movies download and to watch movies online without downloading them. has been shut down by authorities following a criminal investigation

In March this year, 123movies(hub), also known as GoMovies, had announced that it would be shutting down its website.

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123movies has shut down?

123movies had made the shutdown announcement on its website, which read, “We’ve been providing links to HD movies download and shows for years. Now it’s time to say goodbye. Thank you for being our friends and thanks for staying with us that long.

“PS: Please pay for the movies/shows, that’s what we should do to show our respect to people behind the movies/shows.”

The shutdown announcement by 123movies had come after an investigation done by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) discovered a new threat based in Vietnam that made it officially call 123movies, as the world’s most popular illegal movie site.

Back then, no official explanation was provided by the operators of 123movies for the planned closure decision. However, MPAA has now come forward with some clarity. This week, MPAA had sent its latest list of “notorious markets” to the US Government, where the group has linked it to a criminal investigation.

“An important development in 2018 was the shuttering of a ring of piracy services that had operated under the names 123movies, 123movieshub, gostream, and gomovies following the launch of a criminal investigation in Vietnam and significant industry engagement,” MPAA writes.

TorrentFreak contacted MPAA enquiring if the investigation resulted in any arrests, charges, or if it’s still ongoing, to which MPAA has still not responded.

Nevertheless, it is clear that 123movies did close down under increasing movie industry pressure

It’s clear though, that the mounting pressure resulted in 123movies being shut down. This is arguably one of the major anti-piracy successes of the year so far, but the problem isn’t over yet.

Following the shutdown of 123movies, several clones and copies came up to take its place. However, the MPAA says that it has these on its locating system as well.

“Since its closure, many copycat sites have emerged. This ring of piracy services had been blocked in at least eight countries prior to its shut down and efforts are underway to shut down the copycats as well,” the MPAA notes.

Last month, the biggest clone 123movieshub.sc which provided HD movies download had suddenly gone offline, as the site’s domain was deactivated by the domain name registry.

Readers are adviced not to fall for any fake new 123movies site or any way that provides to unblock it as these site may contain adware and can harm your pc.

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123Movies Conclusion-

While the original 123movies has been shut down but there are several clones of this website still available and fresh new ones coming every day. These websites have been providing to watch movies online in HD and even to download movies for free. which is completely illegal.

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FAB IPTV shuts down following a Europol-led raid

FAB IPTV shuts down following a Europol-led raid

Europol-led raid forces FAB IPTV to shut down

Last week, Europol had started raiding and arresting IPTV providers based in the UK and Southern Ireland. Now, FAB IPTV, one of the major providers of unlicensed streaming content in the UK, has shut down completely following a Europol-led raid, reports TorrentFreak.

Apparently, the law enforcement agency had executed a warrant in Scotland, where FAB IPTV is reportedly based, but no further information was provided. The official website of FAB IPTV, an IPTV provider known to operate from addresses in Scotland, currently displays a message that reads,

Important Annoucement – CLOSURE & INFORMATION

On the morning of Tuesday September 11th a co-operation raid took place on one of the administrators homes whilst on holiday led by EUROPOL/Police Scotland and members from SKY/BT/Virgin/Possibly HBO and other Film/TV organizations. A number of devices were seized. It is on that note we will no longer be operational and will come to a COMPLETE close. Unfortunately nothing else is known right now as no information will be given on the case and that this will take many months. I/We would advise that anyone whom would like a refund and are within 180 days as per PayPal limitations you should raise a dispute as we have zero access to any financial accounts associated with FAB. Please note this is an active investigation and doing so may bring action towards you so proceed with caution. I/We highly suggest taking precautions if you have used your REAL information with us or any IPTV service as this is only the beginning of what is a huge fight against illicit services. More information will come in due course no doubt on EUROPOL’s website and other IPTV related media sites. Thank you for being loyal to FAB and stay safe.

FAB

FAB IPTV was incorporated under the name FAB Hosting Ltd on February 22, 2017 in Scotland. On May 15, 2018, a notice was published for compulsory strike-off. Further, the company was dissolved on July 30, 2018, after filing no accounts. However, the service continued to operate but its operators advised customers during August that it would ultimately shut down sooner or later.

Following the closure announcement, FAB’s customers who have purchased paid subscriptions and resellers of FAB’s service who have invested huge sums are going to be out of pocket. However, the message from FAB on its website indicates funds could be reclaimed.

In the crackdown started by Europol on IPTV, a 41-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman was arrested in Bursledon, Hampshire. They both were detained under suspicion of offenses under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and money laundering. The duo was accused of illegally offering content from companies including Sky and BT Sport.

Later on, four more arrests were announced in Southern Ireland, where two men, aged 42 and 45, and two women, aged 37 and 40, were detained following house searches in Crumlin, Dublin and Ashbourne, Co Dublin. The four people arrested were questioned under the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 and the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010.

The arrests carried out by Europol had taken place after a complex year-long investigation that involved the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Police Scotland, Trading Standards, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) and Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

While services like FAB allow users to fill up fake details to use its service, many people still use their real identities. With the easy tracking down and identifying of FAB IPTV and its administrators, it raises questions regarding the use of low level of security and privacy by such services. Having said this, one will have to be prepared for inevitable consequences.

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Cloudflare requested to expose Showbox, YTS and Popcorn Time site operators

Cloudflare requested to expose Showbox, YTS and Popcorn Time site operators

Movie studios obtain subpoena that orders Cloudflare to expose piracy site operators including Showbox, YTS and Popcorn Time site

A group of independent movie studios has obtained a DMCA subpoena that orders Cloudflare to expose the operators connected to piracy sites.

For those unaware, a subpoena is a request for the production of documents, or a request to appear in court or other legal proceedings. It is a court-ordered command that basically requires you to do something, such as testify or present information that may help support the facts that are at issue in a pending case.

The group of movies companies that includes Bodyguard Productions, Cobbler Nevada, Criminal Productions, Dallas Buyers Club, and Venice PI recently filed a subpoena through a federal court in Hawaii.

Cloudflare is one of the leading CDN and DDoS protection services, which is used by millions of websites across the world, of which some are infamous pirate sites. However, instead of taking a strong stand against piracy, Cloudflare maintains its position as a neutral service provider.

This means that those copyright holders who want Cloudflare to act against the piracy sites need to follow the legal process. In this case, it means obtaining a subpoena, commanding the company to share the personal information of its customers.

The above movie studios are involved in a series of piracy lawsuits especially the best-known “copyright trolling” cases against alleged BitTorrent pirates.

While the documents of the subpoena were not posted publicly, TorrentFreak managed to obtain a copy, which shows that the movie companies want information of the operators behind Showboxbuzz.com, Showbox.software, Rawapk.com, Popcorn-time.to, Popcorntime.sh, YTS.ag, and YTS.gg.

Showbox, YTS and Popcorn Time
Credits- TorrentFreak

On the other hand, Cloudflare has not filed any motion to quash the subpoena, which means that the service provider may likely hand over the requested details. However, the subpoena itself doesn’t disclose anything about the intentions of the movie companies.

While the original lawsuit doesn’t list the above-mentioned sites, it’s likely the owners are suspected of being linked to the defendants. Regardless, it is clear that the movie outfits are looking at the information as a possible valuable evidence in their legal battle.

However, the question remains how helpful would the data obtained from Cloudflare be to the copyright holders, as in most cases, operators of pirate sites and services ensure their best to shield the identity of the true operators from being exposed.

Source: TorrentFreak

Also Read- Developer of Terrarium TV says he could hand over user info to authorities

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Mirai botnet masterminds helping FBI to avoid jail time

Mirai botnet masterminds helping FBI to avoid jail time

Mirai botnet creators avoid prison time by assisting FBI as part of their sentencing

Remember the three young hackers who were sentenced in December last year for creating and spreading Mirai botnet that took over about 500,000 IoT devices and caused a DDoS attack?

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday sentenced all the three men, Paras Jha, Josiah White, and Dalton Norman, all aged in their 20s, to just five years of probation—no prison time. The decision was announced after U.S. prosecutors said that the three men had provided “extensive” and “exceptional” assistance to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in several cybersecurity matters.

The trio will also have to serve 2500 hours of community service and need to pay US$127,000 (A$175,000) in restitution each. Additionally, the trio voluntarily surrendered significant amounts of cryptocurrency seized during the investigation into their activities, the DOJ said.

“By working with the FBI, the defendants assisted in thwarting potentially devastating cyber attacks and developed concrete strategies for mitigating new attack methods,” US attorneys said in a motion filed Sept. 11. “The information provided by the defendants has been used by members of the cybersecurity community to safeguard US systems and the Internet as a whole.”

For those unaware, Jha, White and Norman had created Mirai botnet originally to take down rival Minecraft servers with distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS). The trio used the botnet for their own criminal activities and leased it to others. But after noticing its strength, Mirai was released into the wild on a hacker forum, the DoJ said. Since then, other criminal actors have used Mirai variants in a variety of other attacks.

As a result, the Mirai botnet was used in a massive cyberattack in October 2016 against DNS service Dyn, an internet company that directs traffic on the web, which interrupted access to dozens of websites across the United States and Europe including ones run by Twitter, PayPal Holdings, and Spotify.

The three also admitted to having developed a second piece of malware that attacked IoT devices such as wireless cameras, routers, and digital video recorders and joined them into a botnet. That botnet compromised over 100,000 devices in the U.S., and was used by the trio primarily in advertising fraud, including “clickfraud,” a type of Internet-based scheme that makes it appear that a real user has “clicked” on an advertisement for the purpose of artificially generating revenue.

“Cybercrime is a worldwide epidemic that reaches many Alaskans,” said U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder. “The perpetrators count on being technologically one step ahead of law enforcement officials. The plea agreement with the young offenders, in this case, was a unique opportunity for law enforcement officers, and will give FBI investigators the knowledge and tools they need to stay ahead of cybercriminals around the world.”

“The sentences announced today would not have been possible without the cooperation of our partners in international law enforcement and the private sector,” said Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Anchorage Field Office, Jeffery Peterson.

“The FBI is committed to strengthening those relationships and finding innovative ways to counter cybercrime. Cybercriminals often develop their technical skills at a young age. This case demonstrates our commitment to hold criminals accountable while encouraging offenders to choose a different path to apply their skills.”

Jha, White, and Norman who were behind the Mirai botnet had pleaded guilty last December and were able to stay out of jail by co-operating with the FBI on cybercrime and security matters.

The court’s documents state that the trio has cooperated with the FBI for more than a year and that they will continue to work with the FBI on cybercrime and cybersecurity matters.

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