British law enforcement agencies have charged 11 Eastern Europeans for running a UK-based Zeus botnet scam that stole money from the bank accounts of infected customers.
The Metropolitan Police had arrested 20 people suspected of being members of this vast Zeus botnet ring, out of which 9 have been released on bail. The remaining 11 have been charged with conspiracy to defraud and money laundering, tech news site PC World reports.
According to police authorities, the gang had managed to infect the computers of thousands of unsuspecting bank customers to syphon around £6 million (US$9.5 million) from their accounts over a period of three months.
The police said in statement: “We believe we have disrupted a highly organised criminal network, which has used sophisticated methods to syphon large amounts of cash from many innocent peoples' accounts.”
However, the law enforcers also added that there are a further 5-10 top-tier groups currently operating within the UK at the moment, and that this group was not one of them.