Five More Arrested in Global Zeus Trojan Scam
The roundup of criminals associated with the Zeus Trojan global banking scam continues with the arrest of five Ukrainian suspects.
The five suspects were detained Sept. 30 by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), according to an Oct. 1 FBI report. It is believed the five are ringleaders in the global theft organization, which has in the past week resulted in 48 people being charged in the case in the U.S., London, and Eastern Europe.
The five detained are “key subjects responsible for this overarching scheme,” the FBI said in an Oct. 1 statement. Eight search warrants were also executed by approximately 50 Ukrainian SBU officers and the SBU's elite tactical operations teams.
Assistant Director Gordon M. Snow of the FBI’s Cyber Division said, “During this investigation, the FBI worked closely with our overseas counterparts to identify subjects who were instrumental in the development and control of the malicious software, those who facilitated the use of malware, and those who saw a means to make quick, easy money—the mules."
The investigation, named Operation Trident Breach, began in May 2009, is part of an effort to diffuse a cyber gang that in the past few years has stolen $70 million from victims’ bank accounts by employing the Zeus Trojan, a piece of malware able to infect PCs and gain unauthorized access to bank accounts.
Operation Trident Breach is a joint effort between the FBI, the New York Money Mule Working Group, the Newark Cyber Crime Task Force, the Omaha Cyber Crime Task Force, the Netherlands Police Agency, the Security Service of Ukraine, and the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police Service.