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Wednesday, 15 September 2010 00:00




Greetings from EagleTech Computer Service!

So often I’m asked three questions:

1. What do these virus hackers get out it?

2. How do they make any money putting viruses on people’s computers?

3. Why doesn’t somebody do something about these rotten guys?

Well, the following article will answer some of those questions, and is some of the best computing news I’ve received in a long while:

More than 100 arrests, as the FBI uncovers a cyber crime ring 

"The FBI says it has cracked a major international cyber crime network after more than 90 suspected members of the ring were arrested in the US.

The suspects worked as so-called mules for fraudsters based in Eastern Europe who hacked into US computers to steal around $70m.

More people were detained in Ukraine and the UK, local police said.  The FBI said the arrests were part of "one of the largest cyber criminal cases we have ever investigated".

Most of those arrested in the US were charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering, a US Attorney said.  They are suspected of acting asgo-betweens or mules by providing bank accounts for an elaborate cyber crime scheme.

Hackers in Eastern Europe would use spam email to infect computers of small businesses and individuals in the US with a virus known as Zeus, the FBI said in a statement. 

The unnamed hackers were then able to access users' online passwords and bank account details and used them to transfer money to the bank accounts provided by the go-betweens in the US.  The crime ring attempted to steal around $220m, the FBI added.

The arrests were the result of an international operation that kicked off in Omaha in May 2009 when FBI agents noticed a row of suspicious bank transactions.

Law enforcement agencies in the US, Ukraine, the Netherlands and the UK were also involved in the investigation.

Police in the UK arrested 19 people suspected members of the ring.  In Ukraine, police arrested five people suspected of directing the scheme, the FBI said."

Best of success to you in all your computing.

I’m here to assist you when you need it. My onsite residential fee is still $23/hr and for the commercial setting it is $30/hr.

Once again...for any clients you send my way, who use my services for an hour or more, I'd be happy to credit you with a 1/4 hour of free computer service. Do let me know if you send folks my way and I'll keep notes on that as a credit for my next visit to you.


Thanks so much!

Your Computer Technician

Tom Sparks





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