A ruling in our legal case against the Glupteba botnet

But the court saw through these attempts. On Tuesday, the court agreed with Google and granted our motion for sanctions, entering default judgment against the defendants to hold them responsible for attempting to mislead the court. In an extraordinary move, the court also issued monetary sanctions against both the Russian-based defendants and their US-based lawyer – requiring the criminal actors behind Glupteba to pay Google’s legal fees. This step is particularly important because it shows that there will be real, monetary consequences for engaging in this type of criminal activity.