Posted by: h4ck@lyst | November 30, 2007

NZ police swoop on teenage hacker

NZ police swoop on teenage hacker

By Nick Bryant
BBC News


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Police in New Zealand have arrested a teenager they say was the ringleader of an international cyber crime network.

The network is alleged to have infiltrated over one million computers and skimmed millions of dollars from people’s bank accounts.

The teenager, who is 18, cannot be named for legal reasons but his cyber identification was “Akill”.

Police allege that he was the whizzkid kingpin behind what they called an international spybot ring.

The term describes the process of infiltrating computers around the world with malicious software that allows the computers to be used to collect information such as bank account and credit card details.

In this global hacking spree, the FBI estimates that 1.3 million computers were infiltrated and infected and more than US$25m (£12.5m) was illegally embezzled.

“Akill” was still at school when his hacking allegedly began, and he is said to be very bright and very skilled.

The 18-year-old was arrested in New Zealand’s North Island city of Hamilton.

He is now co-operating with the police and apparently telling them just how this high-tech scam worked.

He could face charges which carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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