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Zombie Web Blitzer Nabbed? 2005-01-14

Posted by clype in Gizmo, Intolerance, Scotland.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of launching attacks over the internet after an operation between Scottish police and 'The US American Secret Service'.

A number of houses were searched in the Elgin area of north east Scotland on Friday 2005-01-14, and computers seized.

Officers were investigating 'attacks' in which 'compromised' computers — known as 'Zombies' — are used to 'flood' web-sites with useless 'traffic'.

A 27-year-old from Elgin is due to appear in court in the town on Monday 2005-01-17. The searches were carried out by officers from 'The Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency's' (SDEA) 'National Hi-Tech Crime Unit'. They were part of 'Operation Casper', a joint investigation which has concentrated on what are known as 'denial of service attacks'.

A spokesman for the SDEA said these typically used hundreds of 'compromised' computers to launch attacks.

'Over the past year we have seen a considerable rise in this type of attack, some of which also form the basis for extortion attacks,' the SDEA said. Its crime co-ordinator, Detective Chief Superintendent Mr.Stephen Ward, said:

'"Operation Casper" has involved the SDEA working closely with 'The US American Secret Service' and is an excellent example of how law enforcement agencies, working together, can impact on "Internet-related crime".

'Business groups, organisations and individuals can all be subject of "Internet criminality" and I would like to reiterate this agency's commitment to police this criminal behaviour in all its guises.

'The Internet does offer criminals new ways of committing crime but it also offers investigative opportunities to law enforcement that the SDEA will continue to exploit.'

'Man accused of 'zombie' web blitz 'BBC NEWS, 2005/01/14 16:55:59 GMT



1. dave - 2006-06-05

Matthew Anderson, 27, of Drummuir, near Dufftown, Moray, made no plea and was released on bail after appearing in private at Elgin Sheriff Court on Monday 2005-01-17 in connection with a number of charges under ‘The Computer Misuse Act’.

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