UK Police Arrest Two In Virus CaseAdded: Friday, November 20th, 2009
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In the United Kingdom, a couple from Manchester had been secretly developing and spreading some of the most intense computer viruses in the history of PC viral contaminates. On Wednesday, they were both arrested with assistance from both local police departments and the investigation led by Scotland Yard.
Scotland Yard has one of the world's most advanced electronic crimes units, and it's team has found the two suspected criminals who've creat the two malicious trojans known as "Zbot" and "ZeuS". The officials have suggested that tens of thousands of computers worldwide have been infected by these duo of explicit developers.
A technology consultant for the British security firm Sophos PLC, Graham Cluley, had been quoted as describing the infections as the "most notorious pieces of malware of recent times". Mr. Cluley had said that the Zbot family of viruses have been around since 2007. He suggested that nine times out of ten, they are intended (as are most trojans) to harvest data, such as bank information, credit card details, and other passwords such as social networking and blog sites, which can later be sold to spam groups for access to these sites.
Scotland Yard officially stated to the Associated Press that due to the massive amount of data stolen, "the potential financial gains to the culprits and losses to individuals and institutions are very substantial". Although it's completely impossible for anyone to know just how much of a "financial gain" could have been made from these viruses, it's also assumed that due to the rapid spread, the attacks and losses due to them are still continuing.
Although they've not yet announced what role the two individuals played in the spread or creation of the trojans, Scotland Yard says the two have been released on bail, and that even though some of the investigation is complete, it's possible that future charges would be made and that could be why they've not yet elaborated to the press as to the details. In Britain, however, it's very rare that the suspects names and details are even released until after formal arraignment of charges has been made.
I'm sure within recent weeks we will hear more of the escalation of these charges. When we do we'll surely keep you the people posted, but as of now, anyone fearing of these particular attacks can rest assured that law enforcement has a firm grip on the roots of the trojans, and following all leads into putting an end to this digital tyranny.
Maybe instead of charging these individuals, the special operations and technological tactical warfare units of some nations could hire them, and use their skills to their own benefits. Such events are not surprising and actually happen quite often.
November 20th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Friday, November 20th, 2009
|Well now, would either of those individuals be former members of MiNT? Several 2007 releases by a particular MiNT member contained a variant of Zbot, supposedly to slam on the p2p network.|
Nothing against MiNT, as I have many clean releases from the RG and in general they put out clean stuff.
All in all, though, it's good news for all that these two were caught. May they catch many, many viruses (of the biological kind) where they're headed...
Thanks again, OB5, for another timely and informative article.
|how can i gt these viruses into my friendz comp????????????????|
jst a thought
|posted by (2009-11-20 10:51:30)|
|Thanks for the read Obs, I usually agree with your views and stance on different issues but on this we couldn't be farther apart. A person should not receive job offers of 100's of thousands of dollars, pounds, euros etc. for a "security position" after turning peoples lives upside down after stealing their identity, credit information or just plain nuisance of having to get their hard drive wiped to get rid of a virus. The people that are infected in some cases are financially ruined and then have to read in the paper that the perpetrators are being reworded with countless of high paying job offers. If proven guilty put them in jail and forget about them. I am talking about people like in this article and not a couple of 13 year olds that are just being stupid and naive.|
|Seek the death penalty, or better yet infect them with a virus!!! Not moral but think how many peoples lives have been troubled because of these virus.... like Snakey formatting HD. I had to do that to sooo many customers computers. The bill was nice when they needed something important but lots of headaches!|
|posted by (2009-11-21 19:30:27)|
|I say put them to work using thier skills for good BUT make them also work on finding thier victims and paying them back every penny they lost plus interest. Make them live in jail till they have paid back every cent to every person.|
|posted by (2009-11-22 01:03:41)|
|shoot them dead they are pure scum no place on the internet for low lifes who create and intentionally spread viruses|
|Barbed Wire up their Urethras! If thet are female, I'll need to work on a punishment as bad as the boys will get.|
|yup i totally agree with all of the above internet crimes are on the rise and the fact that these perp's have been caught is only half of the problem shouldn't out internet providers be held accountable for some of this after all it's their network ??. I am sure we all know somebody who has received a nasty letter from there provider regarding illegal downloading and have had the service shut of or threatened to be shut off so where does it start ,end and who is going to pay for this ??.Having said that if you don't understand the p2p network and the risks that go with it then why cry foul because you got a virus. No doubt these people are a threat but also every time you get in your car to go to work you a placed in harms way but most people would not look at it like that it's the reality of living.!!. 2 cents from Canada !!|
|I think anyone that creates these viruses are just malicious pricks that should be jailed and once released they should NOT be allowed to own ANY electronic devices that gives them access to the internet at all.They should be subjected to routine"suprise"inspections in their home to search for said devices as well and if found items should be confiscated and then destroyed,afterwards they should have to pay a nice fat,juicy,fine.Now this may seem "harsh"too some but your talking about people that reek absolute havoc and chaos on people that they do not know anything about,stealing their identity,their money,bank information,passwords,turning whole lives upside down depending on the severity of the computer virus.If you have a family to support and your bank account is cleaned out by some tech geek I would have to take that very personal.Throw the book at those b*stards,if they did them maybe less of us would be subject to this sort of bullsh*t.|
|Look guys, Im the guy that was arrested. The girl "My gf" Was nothing to do with this. I just been reading your comments and i can appreciate your anger. I DIDNT make any financial profit or gain from doing this, Im a clever person ( not used it in a good way but still ) And i was just testing this Zbot virus. And it just so happens it harvested 6GB of data, NONE of the data was touched atall !!! And none of it was sold either. I dont really know what else to say. I will be charged and i will be sent to prison more than likely. And its a lesson learnt for playing with this crappy virus. All i can say is i AM sorry because i got myself into this mess and i have a little girl and a excellent girlfriend that i love to pieces. If anyone has any hate mail for me or questions send it to [email protected] and dont try look me up i WONT get my name released as i told the met police i dont want my info released and this is not my personal email address.|
|Unknown man if u r the guy good luck mate.||
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