EIGHT MEN suspected of being involved in the Carberp phishing scam have been arrested in Russia.
The men were arrested in a joint effort between the Russian Interior Ministry and the Russian Centre for Information Security (FSB). They reckon that the arrested men could have stolen around 60m rubles, or £1.3m, in phishing attacks that used Trojans placed on social networking web sites and advertisements to hijack accounts and steal money.
The investigation started last October and law enforcement struck yesterday. Two brothers in their mid 20s from the Moscow area are said to have lead the gang.
They used two Trojans, Carberp and RDP-door, to get access to home computers and make unauthorised payments and withdrawals. Stolen money was siphoned off into other accounts before being drawn out from cash machines.
The gang was well organised and even rented an office from which to work. According to the report they represented themselves as an above-board computer firm.
The bulk of the group, everyone but the un-named brothers, are under house arrest. Cash, blank banking cards and computer equipment were seized during searches. µ
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