The gang infected computers with GozNym malware, which captured online banking details to access bank accounts.
Among the victims were small businesses, law firms, international corporations and non-profit organisations.
The developers of this malware advertised their 'product' so that other criminals could use their service to conduct banking fraud.
Modus-operandi: Unsuspecting citizens thought they were clicking on a simple link - instead they gave hackers access to their most intimate details.
The suspected ringleader used GozNym malware and contracted different cyber-crime services - hard to detect bulletproof hosting platforms, money mules and spammers - to control more than 41,000 computers and enable cyber-thieves to steal and whitewash an estimated $100m from victims' bank accounts.
HOW to protect against such cyber-crimes: a few basic steps and care to be taken:
· keep your important data in the encrypted form so, no one can read the data
· keep the critical data in separate files, normally names should not indicate the file contents easily
· keep antivirus updated
· check ATM machine, before you insert the card
· check your bank account amount regularly
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13 Jun, 2019