U.S., U.K. Law Enforcement Takes Down Dridex Botnet
The Dridex banking botnet, also known as Bugat or Cridex, takes a major hit after authorities take action. The botnet stole at least $10 million from victims.The Dridex botnet is somewhat diminished today, following a coordinated U.S. and U.K. effort to disrupt the global banking malware threat. The Dridex botnet, also known as Bugat and Cridex, has pilfered millions of dollars from unsuspecting victims. In the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that at least $10 million in direct financial losses can be attributed to Dridex. In the United Kingdom, the National Crime Agency estimates Dridex losses to be £20m (approximately U.S.$31 million). "The Bugat/Dridex botnet, run by criminals in Moldova and elsewhere, harmed American citizens and entities," Assistant Attorney General Caldwell of the U.S. Justice Department's Criminal Division, said in a statement. "With our partners here and overseas, we will shut down these cross-border criminal schemes." The Justice Department is charging a single individual in the case, Moldovian national Andrey Ghinkul, also known as Andrei Ghincul and Smilex. The indictment against Ghinkul includes charges of criminal conspiracy, unauthorized computer access with intent to defraud, damaging a computer, wire fraud and bank fraud. U.S. authorities arrested Ghinkul in Cyprus on Aug. 28, 2015, and are currently seeking his extradition.
While Ghinkul is the only individual being charged, the indictment alleges that Ghinkul conspired with "other persons known and unknown to the grand jury."