Botnet cyber-criminals nabbed in Spain

Darren Allan
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Spanish police have apparently closed down one of the world’s largest botnets, and arrested the three main figures behind it, according to reports.

The Mariposa botnet reached its vast tendrils out across an estimated 13 millions PCs, over almost 200 countries, siphoning off sensitive information such as login, password and credit card details.

Although according to the BBC, the three criminals allegedly behind the ring had “limited” hacking skills, and no previous criminal record.

We can believe that, seeing as they got caught when one of them forgot to mask his IP address, leading the authorities directly to him.

The two other ringleaders were tracked down using information found on his computer. Bet he’ll be popular with them in prison.

The police discovered the trio had stored data stolen from over 800,000 different people.

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