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Sunday, November 22, 2009

UK Police Arrest Two In Virus Case

In the United Kingdom, a couple from Manchester had been secretly developing and spreading some of the most intense computer viruses in the history of PC viral contaminates. On Wednesday, they were both arrested with assistance from both local police departments and the investigation led by Scotland Yard.

Scotland Yard has one of the world's most advanced electronic crimes units, and it's team has found the two suspected criminals who've creat the two malicious trojans known as "Zbot" and "ZeuS". The officials have suggested that tens of thousands of computers worldwide have been infected by these duo of explicit developers.

A technology consultant for the British security firm Sophos PLC, Graham Cluley, had been quoted as describing the infections as the "most notorious pieces of malware of recent times". Mr. Cluley had said that the Zbot family of viruses have been around since 2007. He suggested that nine times out of ten, they are intended (as are most trojans) to harvest data, such as bank information, credit card details, and other passwords such as social networking and blog sites, which can later be sold to spam groups for access to these sites.

Scotland Yard officially stated to the Associated Press that due to the massive amount of data stolen, "the potential financial gains to the culprits and losses to individuals and institutions are very substantial". Although it's completely impossible for anyone to know just how much of a "financial gain" could have been made from these viruses, it's also assumed that due to the rapid spread, the attacks and losses due to them are still continuing.

Although they've not yet announced what role the two individuals played in the spread or creation of the trojans, Scotland Yard says the two have been released on bail, and that even though some of the investigation is complete, it's possible that future charges would be made and that could be why they've not yet elaborated to the press as to the details. In Britain, however, it's very rare that the suspects names and details are even released until after formal arraignment of charges has been made.

I'm sure within recent weeks we will hear more of the escalation of these charges. When we do we'll surely keep you the people posted, but as of now, anyone fearing of these particular attacks can rest assured that law enforcement has a firm grip on the roots of the trojans, and following all leads into putting an end to this digital tyranny.

Maybe instead of charging these individuals, the special operations and technological tactical warfare units of some nations could hire them, and use their skills to their own benefits. Such events are not surprising and actually happen quite often.

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