Called Tofsee after the malware that helps control the bots, this botnet first appeared in 2013 when crooks first started infecting users.
For most of the time, the group behind it relied on malvertising campaigns to redirect users to malicious sites that hosted exploit kits and infected them with the Tofsee malware.
You can now walk in and customise your entire experience. People are now moving from being passively involved with digital to being actively involved.
Since this transition is happening, hacks are getting sophisticated too.
As a kid, Solomon was taught not to steal or use drugs.
But today, at 28, he’s grown up to become a shoplifter and a junkie, addicted to heroin and meth and benzodiazepines, one of the hardest drugs to kick.
Things changed this month, in September, when a highly publicized takedown of several malvertising campaigns relying on the Neutrino exploit kit sent a lot of clients to RIG operators.
As broke as he is, Solomon is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Unfortunately for many love and lust seekers, hackers are naturally attracted to dating websites for a variety of reasons and they do not stop to read about the security and privacy of a site – they just try to exploit it. Firstly, dating site users are primary targets for many typical types of spam, whether it is weight loss, libido boosters or pornography.
They host user information to give spammers a better chance of finding their targets, as they store attributes like gender, age and body shape.
This particular threat transformed the user's PC into a bot used for clickfraud, cryptocurrency mining, and for sending spam.
In most instances, the botnet was used to deliver pharma-related and adult dating "Russian bride"-like messages.