Authorities bust 3 in infection of 13M computers

Mar 02, 2010 By JORDAN ROBERTSON , AP Technology Writer

(AP) -- Authorities have smashed one of the world's biggest networks of virus-infected computers. It was a data vacuum that stole credit cards and online banking credentials from as many as 12.7 million poisoned PCs.

The "botnet" of infected computers included PCs inside more than half of the Fortune 1,000 companies. More than 40 major banks were infiltrated, according to investigators.

Spanish investigators, working with private computer-security firms, have arrested the three alleged ringleaders of the so-called Mariposa , which appeared in December 2008 and grew into one of the biggest weapons of cybercrime.

More arrests are expected soon in other countries. That is unusual - the masterminds behind the biggest botnets aren't often taken down.

Explore further: Australian laws on storing phone, Internet records to change

2.5 /5 (2 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Corporations, agencies infiltrated by 'botnet'

Feb 18, 2010

(AP) -- Security experts have found a network of 74,000 virus-infected computers that stole information from inside corporations and government agencies. The unusual thing about the incident is not that it happened but that ...

Botnet Hijacking Steals 70GB of Data

May 05, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- Security researchers have uncovered one of the most notorious zombie networks, the Torpig botnet, by collecting 70GB of data that was stolen in just 10 days.

Comcast tries pop-up alerts to warn of infections

Oct 10, 2009

(AP) -- Comcast Corp. wants to enlist its customers in a fight against a huge problem for Internet providers - the armies of infected personal computers, known as "botnets," that suck up bandwidth by sending spam and facilitating ...

Huge computer worm Conficker stirring to life

Apr 09, 2009

(AP) -- The dreaded Conficker computer worm is stirring. Security experts say the worm's authors appear to be trying to build a big moneymaker, but not a cyber weapon of mass destruction as many people feared.

Recommended for you

Barclays to allow payments by using Twitter handles

6 hours ago

The next chapter in banks moving into the digital age is a stretch beyond reminding customers over phone lines that they can also bank online. Barclays has launched Twitter payments through Pingit.

QR codes engineered into cybersecurity protection

10 hours ago

QR, or Quick Response, codes – those commonly black and white boxes that people scan with a smartphone to learn more about something – have been used to convey information about everything from cereals ...

Australian laws on storing phone, Internet records to change

17 hours ago

(AP)—A parliamentary committee on Friday recommended a major rewrite of draft laws that would force Australian telcos and Internet providers to store customers' personal data for the convenience of law enforcement agencies. ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.