Koobface malware gang – the noose tightens?

Graham Cluley
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Members of the Koobface malware gang might be feeling a little hot under the collar as evidence has begun to spill onto the internet about the alleged identity of one of its members.

Koobface has been terrorising millions of internet users since mid 2008, and much investigation has taken place into how the malware works, the group’s business model and revenue chains.

However, despite multiple attempts by the authorities to bring down its infrastructure permanently, Koobface remains a significant and ongoing threat.

In 2009, Sophos experts – working with trusted others in the computer security industry – began working on a secret operation to identify key members of the Koobface gang, and shared the information with law enforcement agencies.

By February 2010, we believed that we had identified not just one suspected member of the Koobface gang, but other apparent accomplices too.

And it’s…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.