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The Wall Street Journal: Feds charge 8 people in fraudulent online-ad scheme

The Justice Department charged eight people, most of them in Eastern Europe, with operating two alleged advertising schemes involving scores of faked websites and infected computers across the world, costing advertisers tens of millions of dollars.

In an indictment unsealed Tuesday in New York’s Eastern District, prosecutors said the alleged schemes had been going on since at least 2014.

Law enforcement conducted coordinated raids across Europe to take out the networks, followed by successive takedowns of the fake websites. Three of the eight alleged perpetrators were arrested overseas on charges including wire fraud, computer intrusion and money laundering. The others remain at large.

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