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article image'Shy' New Zealand teenager at the head of cyber-crime network.

By Fortunesfool     Dec 1, 2007 in Crime
Police suspect that a cyber-attack that netted $20 million (£9.7 million) after infiltrating 1.3 million computers worldwide was masterminded by a shy teenager in New Zealand.
It is claimed that the 18-year-old had written software that evaded normal antispyware systems, and then he sold them on to international hackers.
The teenager, who is known by his cyber identification AKILL, was regarded by the FBI as the ringleader of an international 'botnet-coding group' operating in the United States, the Netherlands and New Zealand that infected at least 1.3 million computers, causing an economic loss of about $20 million.
His home in Hamilton was raided and although he was released after questioning a number of computers were seized.
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