Malware Fraud Charges
10 November 2011
Reuters reports that seven people have been charged with fraud and hacking offences over a scam that used malicious software (malware) to direct internet browsers to online advertisements, infecting more than 4 million computers in more than 100 countries. According to Reuters, the suspects entered into contracts with legitimate advertising websites under fake company names, earning up to $14 million for the number of “clicks” each page received as a result of the malware channelling users to the sites.
Reuters: Seven charged in alleged Internet ad fraud scam (9 November 2011)