Police in the United States and seven other countries have seized several computers and servers that were used in the implementation of the fraud scheme, making it possible to absorb more than 72 million dollars from the victims who bought fake anti-virus program.
Twenty-two computers and servers through Operation Trident Tribunal has been taken in the United States, and another 25 countries - France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom on Wednesday, said the U.S. Department of Justice. As stated by law enforcement officials, criminals managed to install fake anti-virus programs on 960 thousand computers. Fake antivirus software scams the victims to reveal their credit card details for any resolution of a non-existing computer problem.
Latvian authorities announced the arrest of at least five bank accounts which are suspected to have been used by criminals.
U.S. officials also said that they broke yet another fake anti-virus program distribution network, and accused the two Latvians, who advertised their services at a Minnesota newspaper. For their actions fraud victims lost 2 million dollars. As reported by Latvia officials, on Tuesday they arrested two persons - 22 years old Peter Sachurov and 23-year Marina Maslobojeva, who may be indicted for fraud in the use of electronic communications and computers in the United States.
Fraud with use of a fake anti-virus software is another tactic used by the cyber criminals to swindle money of the citizens and businesses around the world
- FBI cyber-crime unit vice-director Gordon Snow.