Suspected Bredolab botnet operator arrested at Armenian airport

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A 27-year-old man suspected of running the Bredolab botnet has been arrested at Yerevan Airport in Armenia, according to media reports.

Just yesterday, the Dutch High Tech Crime Unit, part of the National Crime Squad, announced that they had brought down the botnet, wrestling control of its command servers from hackers. Good news for the owners of the 30 million computers around the world it is said to have affected.

The suspect is believed by the computer crime authorities to have rented acess to infected bot computers to other cybercriminals. No doubt the police will be interested to find out if the man has any information about others who may have exploited the botnet, and more arrests may follow.

The Armenian authorities arrested the man in co-ordination…

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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