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Authorites Charge 60 People in Computer Hacking Scheme

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Federal and local prosecutors have charged more than 60 people in a massive computer hacking and bank fraud scheme. Eastern European hackers allegedly stole more than $3 million dollars by implanting a virus into victims' computers and stealing their bank account usernames and passwords.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says dozens of individuals and businesses were victims of the global scheme. "We all now know that the internet is the crime scene of the 21st Century," Vance said. "And this case demonstrates how non-traditional organized crime can operate using the Internet."

The majority of those arrested are so-called "cybermules." U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says they were mostly foreign exchange students who received the stolen funds and then sent the money abroad to ringleaders in Eastern Europe.

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