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May 31, 2024

US DOJ Arrests YunHe Wang for Alleged $130M Botnet Scam

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has reportedly arrested YunHe Wang for his alleged involvement in a $130 million botnet scam. A botnet is a network of private computers infected with malicious software and controlled as a group without the owners' knowledge, often used to send spam or perform other malicious acts. Details about the case are not completely clear at this point, but it appears that Wang allegedly used the botnet to fraudulently manipulate internet advertising. He supposedly generated fake clicks and views on online ads, tricking advertisers into paying significantly more than they should have. This practice, known as click fraud or ad fraud, results in advertisers paying for interactions with their ads that aren't legitimate, which can lead to significant financial losses. In Wang's case, the scam is alleged to have reached up to $130 million. The arrest of Wang is part of the ongoing efforts by the DOJ and other law enforcement agencies around the world to crack down on cybercrime and protect the integrity of the online advertising industry. If guilty, Wang could face serious penalties, including substantial fines and a lengthy prison sentence.