Computer cops arrest 19 in dawn ZBot raid

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

19 people have been arrested by British police, under suspicion that they stole millions of pounds from online bank accounts by installing malware.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) swooped a number of addresses in a dawn-time raid in London, arresting 15 men and four women, aged between 23 and 47 years old.

You can see some nice pictures of pixellated faces being taken away by the cops in an article from the Daily Mail newspaper.

Detectives believe that the gang was responsible for stealing £6 million in the last three months, after infecting thousands of computers with a version of the Zbot family of malware.

As well as stealing online banking passwords, ZBot hijacks your computer, making it part of a criminal botnet. Hackers control thousands of compromised computers around the…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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