Germany nets ten phishing suspects

Trojan spam scam nipped in the bud

Handcuffs

German police have arrested ten people suspected of running a phishing scam designed to raid the contents of online bank accounts that netted hundreds of thousands of euros.

The group, including two women, were cuffed by officers from Germany's Federal Crime Office (BKA) over allegations they distributed Trojan code designed to seize online banking credentials from compromised PCs.

Malicious emails allegedly sent by the gang posed as messages from Deutsche Telekom, eBay, Wal-Mart, IKEA, and the German television licensing organisation (GEZ). Attached to the emails were malicious Trojan horses (such as Troj/Clagger-AZ and Troj/DwnLdr-FYH) that stole information from infected Windows PCs.

A police investigation, which lasted 18 months, resulted in arrests in several German cities, including Dusseldorf, Cologne and Frankfurt this week. Items of computer kit were seized during the arrest and are now undergoing forensic examination.

The suspects include Russian, Ukranian and German nationals aged between 20 and 36 years old. According to the BKA, the suspects bought expensive jewellery, cars and luxury holidays from the proceeds of their criminal acts.

More on the bust can be found in statement by the BKA (in German) here. ®

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