Romanian police round up alleged phishers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

According to media reports, Romanian police have arrested 20 people suspected of being involved in a scheme to steal banking usernames and passwords off the public through bogus websites.

According to Stefan Negrila, chief of the organized crime police in Timisoara, hundreds of thousands of euros may have been stolen in a scheme which found its victims in Italy and Spain. Money mule accomplices in the countries were hired to transfer cash from hacked bank accounts.

From the sound of things so far, this wasn’t a particularly sophisticated scam. Whereas we are becoming accustomed to hacking gangs on the internet devising malicious spyware which grabs your keypresses as you log into your online bank, and back bedrooms where criminals can produce cloned credit cards, it sounds as if this group are accused of simply creating fake…

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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.