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Authorities Arrest 10 for Data Theft

DATA THEFT

December 13, 2012

International authorities have arrested 10 individuals from around the world for allegedly operating a network of infected computers for the purpose of stealing personal data from millions of users, The New York Times reports. Law enforcement authorities were aided in their investigation by Facebook, the report states. The Butterfly botnet allegedly spread malicious software to compromise the security of PCs, allowing the suspects to acquire personal information, including credit card numbers. The U.S. Justice Department said variations of this type of malicious software have infected approximately 11 million computers and caused more than $850 million in damages, the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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