US authorities     , in collaboration with the FBI , have successfully shut down the IPStorm botnet and apprehended Sergei Makinin, a Moldovan-Russian national  , who has pleaded guilty to violating US fraud laws .
Makinin caused unauthorized damage to protected computers by using the botnet to infect various devices worldwide, including Windows , Linux  , Mac  , Android  , and iOS systems . He then created proxies from the infected devices, which were rented out to cyber-criminals to launch anonymous cyber-attacks and bypass security filters. The Department of Justice has stated that the botnet victimized computers and electronic devices in Asia , Europe , North America , and South America . Makinin admitted to earning at least $550,000 from this fraudulent scheme . The successful takedown of the botnet was a collaborative effort led by the FBI, with support from other law enforcement agencies and cybersecurity companies , including Bitdefender .
This operation highlights the effectiveness of public-private partnerships in combating cybercrime and serves as a warning to cybercriminals that they will face consequences regardless of their location. To prevent device compromise, the FBI urges device owners to regularly update their software .