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Two men arrested for trafficking millions of personal computer data

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Two men arrested for trafficking millions of personal computer data

Two men have been arrested, in the Netherlands and Northern Ireland, for trafficking in millions of personal computer data, including passwords from e-mail addresses, following an international investigation, the Dutch authorities announced today.

According to a statement quoted by the agency France-Presse, a 22-year-old suspect was arrested in the city of Arnhem, Netherlands, after authorities received anonymous information from a Dutch cybercrime unit working with the British Anti-Crime Agency. Organized Crime, the US federal police (FBI) and the German police.

The detainee is suspected of possessing and selling "usernames (from various web pages) and stolen passwords" and of playing the role of "facilitator in the field of cybercrime", explains the note, adding that the second suspect, who was detained in Northern Ireland, is also 22 years old.

The Dutch authorities seized equipment related to the website www.weleakinfo.com, which now displays a message on the home page stating that that domain was seized by the FBI, in coordination with the other European entities involved in the investigation.

According to a Dutch television station, this page allowed anyone to access confidential electronic data from various sites with a large number of users, for two dollars a month (about 1.80 euros) or 25 dollars a year (about 22 euros) ).

The British and Dutch authorities carried out, in 2018, an operation that culminated in the closure of a website that was the source of more than four million computer attacks worldwide.

. (tagsToTranslate) lusa agency

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