Two arrested for e-bullying victims with virus

15th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

15 November 2006, MADRID — Two minors have been arrested for creating a computer virus which allowed them to spy on other teenagers and blackmail them.

15 November 2006

MADRID — Two minors have been arrested for creating a computer virus which allowed them to spy on other teenagers and blackmail them.

Police said the two were arrested for so-called e-bullying.

They used this virus to get computer cameras to take compromising pictures of their owners.

They then used these pictures to make threats to their victims, demanding cash or they would publish the pictures on the Internet.

Two others were detained for using the minors who were arrested.

They used their knowledge of computer systems to fake credit cards, and make illegal purchases through  the Internet.

A specialised police unit, called Cybex, which combats hackers started their investigation in summer 2004.

Tracking multiple 'identities' used by the hackers, they finally managed to trace the suspects.

Police raided the home of a 17-year-old in Crevillente near Alicante and the address of another teenager in the same area.

They had infected the computers of dozens of victims.

Their Madrid-based handlers had used their expertise to steal EUR 60,000 worth of goods.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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