Cybercrime Networks Impacted 1M Computer Users

By: AP
By: AP

(AP) - The FBI says that law enforcement officers in
the U.S. and seven other nations have seized dozens of computers,
servers and bank accounts in an international probe of cybercrime
rings that triggered $74 million in losses to more than 1 million
computer users.

The FBI says Operation Trident Tribunal targeted criminal
networks preying on computer users through the sale of fraudulent
computer security software.

The malicious software appears to be legitimate computer
security software designed to detect threats. It doesn't go away
until users supply their credit card numbers for worthless
software.

An indictment unsealed in federal court in Minneapolis charges
two operators with wire fraud, conspiracy and computer fraud.

Other countries involved in the operation are Britain, France,
Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Latvia and Lithuania.


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