By Jeremy Kirk
28 October 10
Dutch authorities say more arrests related to the Bredolab botnet may
occur as investigators continue to examine the business arrangements
behind the cybercrime operation.
One arrest was made on Tuesday by Armenian police of a 27-year-old man
accused of being the mastermind behind Bredolab, which included as many
as 29 million compromised computers worldwide. The man, who was not
identified, was nabbed after returning from Moscow to Armenia's capital,
Yerevan. Security experts say the man rented out time on his botnet to
other cybercrime players.
"We are also investigating the customers of the Armenian suspect to see
if we can identify some other cybercriminals," said Wim De Bruin,
spokesman for the Public Prosecution Service in Rotterdam.
Dutch officials want to prosecute the man, who claims to have both
Russian and Armenian citizenship, De Bruin said. Several international
treaties make it possible for the man to be prosecuted in the
Netherlands, and Dutch officials are waiting for a decision by the
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