The Pendleton Panther

Hackers Arrested After Infecting 13 Million Computers

Posted on: March 4, 2010

Three Spaniards have been arrested by authorities on Wednesday for creating a computer virus that has spread to over thirteen million people over the years.  The program that they created allowed them to steal various pieces of personal information and financial data worldwide.  The Civil Guard worked hand in hand with the FBI to investigate what a Spanish official called the world’s biggest network of virus-infected computers.  The suspects have allegedly “copied personal and financial data of individuals, companies and official institutions in more than 190 countries,” the Civil Guards’ statement said.  “In addition to gaining illegal access to personal and financial information, the virus would have permitted those controlling the system to mount a large cyber attack from the infected computers,” a U.S. official said.  Police have found over 800,000 computers who had been infected with this virus.  The three hackers have been arrested and police are now looking for a fourth possible suspect.


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