A Russian national was convicted of U.S. charges that he used a bot farm and rented servers to fake internet traffic at media sites, leading companies to pay inflated advertising rates.
Aleksandr Zhukov, 41, was the mastermind of a scheme known as Methbot in which 1,900 servers were employed to create millions of phony online ad views at websites including those of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, prosecutors said. Zhukov earned $7 million running the racket and funneled the money into offshore banks around the world, according to the U.S., which cited a text in which he described himself the “King of fraud.”
Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, returned the verdict on Friday.
Companies such as PepsiCo, charities and other advertisers were charged inflated rates only for digital robots to…