FBI operation to stop a cyber criminal group

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Using malicious software they captured bank account numbers and passwords, then used that information to secretly divert millions of dollars from victims. They stole more than $100 million from businesses and consumers. Between 500,000 and 1 million computers worldwide were infected. FBI and other agencies recently seized computer servers that were central to the crimes in Kiev and Donetsk and also in Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Britain. The group is accused in the development of “Gameover Zeus”, a network of infected computers, and for using “Cryptolocker,”the  malicious software. Even the computers of a local police department in Massachusetts were attacked. A Florida bank lost nearly $7 million through in an unauthorized wire transfer. Cyber criminals in Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom were assigned different roles within the conspiracy. Evgeniy Bogachev has not yet been arrested. Over the weekend, more than 300,000 computers were freed from the botnet, and the botnet itself was “effectively dismantled, announced Leslie R. Caldwell, assistant attorney general for the US Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

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