Dutch police have arrested three people for building a worldwide zombie network of more than 100,000 PCs used to launch internet attacks on companies and to hack into bank and Paypal accounts.
The main suspect, a 19 year-old man, and his alleged accomplices, a 22 year-old and a 27 year-old, were collared in raids on their homes. Police seized “several computers, documents, a bank account, bare cash and a sports car”. More arrests are expected.
The compromised PCs were hacked using a trojan horse, called W 32.Toxbot, according to the police, who say that “some thousands” of the victims were based in the Netherlands.
The suspects are also thought to have hacked into a “large number of PayPal and eBay accounts, enabling them to order several goods over the internet, without actually paying for them”.
Source: The Register