February 15, 2006
Brazilian federal police arrested 41 hackers today accused of using
the internet to divert millions of dollars out of other people's bank
Some 200 federal police were deployed in the operation to serve 65
arrest warrants against a gang of hackers mostly operating in Campina
Grande, some 1,800km north-east of Rio. Arrests also were made in six
Police said over the past three months the gang invaded some 200
accounts in six banks, stealing 10 million reals ($A6.38 million)
using a so-called Trojan horse virus sent via email.
The program entered computers and, working in the background, copied
account numbers and passwords without the users' knowledge.
Police said the leader of the gang was a 19-year-old and five of those
arrested so far were minors. Police were still looking for 24 other
alleged gang members.
While only a small percentage of Brazil's 185 million people can
afford computers. Those who do have them are among the most active in
the world in using online banking services and the internet.
Copyright =A9 2006. The Age Company Ltd
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