ARGENTINIAN AUTHORITIES have arrested a teenager for allegedly running a malware scam that stole hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.
The unnamed 19 year old was arrested as part of Operation Zombie on suspicion of operating a cyber-crime operation that pilfered as much as £380,000 a year in an elaborate scheme.
The name Zombie comes from the suspected network of compromised computers that the teen is accused of operating.
Reportedly he gained access to other people's computers through gambling software download websites. Through this he was able to siphon off around £30,000 a month to his own bank account.
The Independent newspaper reported that he operated out of a room that was like a bunker and was only discovered when a hosting business noticed something suspicious with its servers and money transfers last year.
If he is convicted he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. His arrest came after a swoop on five premises according to reports, and a federal investigation that was ordered by Argentina's chief prosecutor, Graciela Gils Carbo.
"Internet users were victims of a `malware' virus that the hacker hosted in a server for downloading online gaming applications," added Garbo.
Reportedly the teenager hit user accounts with denial of service attacks as he was transferring their money, leaving them none the wiser until after the event. µ
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