The Police Central e-Crime Unit has arrested two teenagers who are suspected to have run an £8 million cybercrime forum.
The site, described by Scotland Yard as the “largest international English speaking online cyber criminal forum”, has 8,000 members and offers online instructions on how to steal money.The site’s name was not disclosed.
The pair that were arrested are 17 and 18 years old, and were questioned yesterday, it was reported. They are suspected of encouraging or assisting crime, conspiracy to commit fraud, and breaking the Misuse of Computer Act.
Following an eight month investigation, police recovered over 65,000 credit card numbers that have been compromised, after the forum promoted the sale of personal information and PIN numbers as well as the development of malicious software. The compromised cards could have led to the theft of £7.9 million, it was estimated.
Detective chief inspector, Terry Wilson, said: “Today's arrests are an example of our increasing effort to combat online criminality and reduce national harm to the UK economy and public.”