Police Raids Net Cyber Suspects

Friday, April 8, 2016 @ 03:04 PM gHale

Police launched raids against 170 suspected cyber criminals across Germany, the Netherlands, France and Canada, German authorities said.

The coordinated multi-national raids by some 700 police early Tuesday targeted “globally active hackers and a variety of Internet criminals,” said prosecutors and police in the western city of Koblenz. In addition, police said they arrested a 22-year-old who they consider a chief suspect.

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In one of the 175 dawn raids on homes and businesses, they arrested a second suspect who was found in the possession of several kilograms of illegal drugs and weapons, police said.

The hackers had offered illicit services such as camouflaging malware from anti-virus programs in order to steal online passwords and banking data and commit crimes ranging from fraud to extortion.

Police arrested the chief suspect in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the statement said, adding police in the other searches had confiscated some 300 computers and disks.

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