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Dutch Police Arrest Hackers

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Sun, 9 Oct 2005 17:44:56 -0500

Dutch police have arrested three men suspected of stealing credit card
and bank account data by hacking into more than 100,000 personal
computers worldwide, public prosecutors said on Saturday.

The three Dutch men supposedly used so-called "Trojan horse" software
to infect computers with a virus and steal confidential personal
information, and to attack company websites, the public prosecutor's
office said in a statement.

"In the Netherlands alone, several thousands of computers were
infected," the statement said.

The three men, aged 19, 22 and 27, were arrested on Tuesday.

The hackers are also accused of plundering accounts in PayPal, the
payment-processing business of online auctioneer eBay Inc, and are
suspected of threatening to attack the computer system of a U.S.
company, the statement said.

The three used a virus, called W32.Toxbot, which allows access to the
infected computer's control system. They kept adapting the virus in
line with upgraded anti-virus programs, prosecutors said.

Justice officials expect more arrests in the case, Dutch media said.

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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