Russian Authorities Arrest Operator of Carberp Bank Botnet
By: Fahmida Rashid, SC Magazine
Russian authorities have apprehended the person believed to be behind
a banking trojan botnet responsible for stealing around $4.5 million
from unsuspecting victims.
The 22-year-old Russian man is accused of using a modified versions of the Carberp banking trojan to steal login details and digital signatures from compromised computers, according to a statement
Friday from the Russian Interior Ministry. Authorities from “K,” the
agency's anti-cyber crime division, apprehended the man at his home and
confiscated computers, software and documents after a 10-month-long
investigation. The suspect used the online handles “Hermes” and
“Arashi,” according to the statement.
The botnet, compromised primarily of infected systems in Russia, is
among the largest banking networks detected to date in the world. While
the botnet has been pegged by the ministry at about six million
compromised machines, analysis by Russian security firm Dr. Web
indicates about 4.5 million were actually active. The botnet was
responsible for one million malicious mail messages being sent out
daily, and as many as 100,000 new zombies were being created each day.