One of the World’s Biggest Networks of Hijacked Computers Was Raided by Police

One of the world’s biggest networks of hijacked computers, which is suspected of attacking online banking customers, has been targeted by police swoops in 10 countries, German police said on Thursday

In an internationally coordinated campaign, authorities carried out the raids on Wednesday, seized servers and website domains and arrested suspected leaders of a criminal organization, said police and prosecutors in northern Germany.

Officials said they had seized 39 servers and several hundred thousand domains, depriving criminals of control of more than 50,000 computers in Germany alone. These hijacked computers were used to form a “botnet” to knock out other websites.

The strike came in the same week that hackers tried to create the world’s biggest botnet, or an army of zombie computers, by infecting the routers of 900,000 Deutsche Telekom with malicious software.

The attack failed but froze the routers, causing outages in homes, businesses and government offices across Germany on Sunday and

Read more at: https://fortune.com/2016/12/01/cyber-crime-network-raid/