Police expose Estonian hacking ring

  • 2010-10-30
  • TBT Staff

STUTTGART - German police are seeking to extradite four Estonians who were allegedly involved in disseminating a computer virus that stole millions of euros from online banking transactions.

The Katusha virus sat dormant on its victims computers until they used online banking. When the customers tried to transfer money, the virus changed the amount of the transfer and the recipient. Online bank statements were also changed to cover the crime.

The scam reportedly affected 2.5 million private computers worldwide and diverted at least 1.65 million euros.