A new botnet has been discovered that defrauded the smart TV ad market with infected apps. In total, over a million Android smartphones, as well as Roku devices, were accessing ads without their owners knowing.
How To Easily Make Money During? Quite simply by taking advantage of the craze for streaming services and therefore the advertisements displayed on connected TVs. A group of hackers came up with this idea and described as one of the most sophisticated of its kind. Cybercriminals have smuggled over a million Android for televisions in order to collect advertising revenue.
The botnet was spotted by(formerly White Ops) and called Pareto, after the Pareto principle where 80% of the effects are produced by 20% of the causes. All infected devices were connecting to on average 650 million times a day without the knowledge of their owners, posing as more than 6,000 models of televisions and connected boxes.
29 Android apps and 36 Roku apps affected
Thehas been distributed for at least a year through 29 applications in the . Each device connected every 30 seconds to a command and control (C&C) server to check for new instructions. After identifying the server, Human was also able to spot 36 apps on Roku devices, although these were less active than those on .
Human indicates having worked withand Roku who removed the . The full list is available at the end of . The firm has also transmitted all the information it has to the authorities so that they can arrest those responsible.