Scotland Yard cuffs teens for role in cybercrime forum
65,000 stolen credit card numbers recovered
Two teenagers have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the world's largest English-language cybercrime forum.
The pair were detained by appointment in central London on Wednesday by the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), a national unit based at Scotland Yard.
An eight-month investigation into the forum, which hasn't been named, found it had almost 8,000 members who traded malware, cybercrime tutorials and stolen banking information.
The cybercrime tools for sale included the ZeuS Trojan and data stolen from machines it has already infected. Detectives have so far recovered 65,000 credit card numbers from the forum.
The two males, aged 17 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of encouraging or assisting crime, unauthorised access under the Computer Misuse Act and conspiracy to commit fraud. The have been bailed pending further investigations.
The PCeU's Detective Chief Inspector Terry Wilson said: "Today's arrests are an example of our increasing effort to combat online criminality and reduce national harm to the UK economy and public."
The unit has already had its budget slashed as part of Home Office cuts. ®
Good thinking batman...
We should do the same for drug offenders, speeding motorists and people who overfill their wheelie bin. Teach them the error of their ways and use them all to act as a deterrent to other unfortunate teens and potential young offenders by locking them down 24/7 there by ruining any chance they have of gainful employment or further education and forcing them back into a life of crime.
Appoint this man Lord Justice for his truly modern take on dealing with a modern crime.
appear just when they get cut.. surprise.
forget justice, it's always about getting paid.
Card numbers have been recovered?
Shouldn't that be discovered? That informaiton is still out there being used, isn't it?