Suspected Bredolab botnet operator arrested at Armenian airport

Graham Cluley
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Yerevan airport in Armenia
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 with the Dutch investigation.

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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