Russian Botnet Operator Busted For Infecting 6 Millions of Computers & Stealing £2.9 Million

Russian Botnet Operator Busted For Infecting 6 Millions of Computers & Stealing £2.9 Million

Russian Police authorities have arrested  a 22 year hacker from Southern Russia known as "Hermes" and "Arashi" in online communities. According to the reports the suspect was running a botnet which comprised more than 4.5 million computers while making it the largest publicly known botnet to date. It has been also found that the hacker used banking trojans to steal more than 150 million roubles, almost £2.9 million, from private individuals and organisations.  According to the statement of Russian Interior Ministry the trojan is believed to have infected more than six million computers. On some days, more than 100,000 new computers were recruited.  The authorities also confirmed that the arrest of "Hermes" and other members of his hacker group was carried out with the assistance of anti-virus company Dr. Web. Most of the accomplices lived in Moscow and St. Petersburg. We also like to give you reminder that couple of months ago another Russian hacker who was the creator of the Bredolab botnet received a four-year imprisonment by Armenian court.


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