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Russian hackers nabbed in Spain

Date: May 14, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Dmitri Kramarenko

May 13, Spanish police arrested three Russians in Barcelona on suspicion of forming a transnational criminal group. This group was involved in withdrawing more than 500 thousand euro from bank accounts using fraudulent machination through the Internet.

Two Estonians and one citizen of Dominican Republic were also members of the group headed by Russians, Cadena SER broadcasting station informs.

Stolen money were transferred to Russia, police said.

The headquarters of the criminal group was situated in England. The group had affiliates in Spain's Catalonia, Valencia and Andalucia.

Internet swindlers also had accomplices in the US, Australia and New Zealand. At present, a "Fesca" operation is being held in conference with local law enforcement agencies in all these countries and in Russia as well, radio station informs.

Spanish police heads affirm that it is the most scaled operation ever held to fight Internet crimes.

At the same time police chiefs in Barcelona refused to name Russians and to define more exactly if they are really citizens of Russia (Spanish do not often distinguish citizens of the former USSR countries from each other) having cited the secrecy of the investigation.

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