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In a coordinated takedown with the FBI and financial institutions, Microsoft on Wednesday dealt a powerful blow to an online fraud syndicate that siphoned more than $500 million out of bank accounts all over the world.

The takedown, dubbed Operation b54, disrupted more than 1,400 botnets based on Citadel, a powerful piece of banking malware available for sale in underground forums. Citadel has been in existence since 2011 and is based on leaked source code from the Zeus banking trojan. Citadel provides criminals with most of what they need to engage in wide-spread banking fraud, including exploits for infecting end users, keyloggers for stealing those end users' bank passwords, and backend code for running the command and control servers that issue malware updates and receive login credentials from infected computers.

Microsoft, with help from feds, delivers body blow to massive fraud ring


Hooray, I can feel my internets speeding up already! Or not.
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Yeah I was reading this earlier, hope they find the culprits but srysly this has to be organized crime even if they catch one of them 500m is allot of money, witch wil hardly be recovered

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I don't get why people want to commit fraud in the first place. Their moral code must be broken or something. Nice to see them catch a big ring though.
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I don't get why people want to commit fraud in the first place. Their moral code must be broken or something. Nice to see them catch a big ring though.

Because making millions by hacking is considerably easier than actually working.
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And people wonder why there is privacy concern with the new Kinect since MS already works with .gov. tongue.gif
    
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Because making millions by hacking is considerably easier than actually working.

yeah sounds pretty slick. now i want my own malware botnet farm, ha
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See this is what M$ should be doing with the Fed's, not trying to arrest a guy who got his hands on a Durango dev kit.
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The idea of making millions in a few years as opposed to working say 20 years and not even breaking a million is very appealing to some.
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I read a different article for busting a credit card fraud ring that ran since 2007. The hacker and 10 accomplices were busted with joint efforts from US, UK, and Vietnam. The hacker was a 23 year old man from Vietnam. Methods were the same, but he resells the info. he stole to criminals online (underground black market). The fraud ring he ran was worth over $200 million dollars.
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And people wonder why there is privacy concern with the new Kinect since MS already works with .gov. tongue.gif

Am I the only one thinking that being concerned that MS is working with .gov is vastly healthier than billions willingly publishing their thoughts and insecurities through facebook and tweeter, companies that openly collect and sell your information to their clients and sponsors?

Hypocrisy lvl 5 or tinfoil lvl 5?
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