Police Believe They Caught Hacker Responsible for the Mariposa Botnet
July 28, 2010
Slovenia (ChattahBox) – Slovenian police, in a joint operation with Spanish and American authorities, have caught the hacker they believe is responsible for creating the Mariposa botnet computer code, which led to a mass theft of bank and credit card information from Fortune 1000 companies.
The botnet [a collection of infected computers] was a massive network involving most of the Fortune 1000 companies, and allowed thousands of people to have their financial information stolen.
Police have released information on the hacker, who is known as Iserdo. The 23-year-old is believed to have created the code used for the scam, which was then given and operated by a group of people, three of which were arrested earlier this year.
“To use an analogy here, as opposed to arresting the guy who broke into your home, we’ve arrested the guy that gave him the crowbar, the map and the best houses in the neighborhood. And that is a huge break in the investigation of cyber crimes,” Jeffrey Troy of the FBI told the Telegraph.
Iserdo was allegedly selling the code as a package, sometimes with custom features to those hoping to operate their own botnet scam.