FBI / Interpol hacker suspect arrested by Greek authorities

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Authorities in Greece have arrested an 18-year old man today, suspected of hacking into computer systems belonging to Interpol, the Pentagon, the NSA and the FBI.

The teenager, who has not been identified, is said to live with his mother in the Athens district of Agios Dimitrios, and is alleged to have originally broken into the Interpol crime-fighting website when he was just 15 years old.

Manolis Sfakianakis, head of the Greek computer crime police, told state television that the young man used the internet name “nsplitter”, and conducted his attacks against websites around the world from the comfort of his home.

“Nsplitter” is also said to have stolen credit card and banking details from victims’ computers by tricking them into downloading malicious toolbars. The natural deduction would be that this information was later used fraudulently. According to reports, the alleged hacker is said to have invested in nearly fifty companies on the Athens stock exchange.

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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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