Cybercrime networks impacted 1M computer users

By the Associated Press | June 22, 2011 | 6:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI says that law enforcement officers in the U.S. and seven other nations have seized dozens of computers, servers and bank accounts in an international probe of cybercrime rings that triggered $74 million in losses to more than 1 million computer users.

The FBI says Operation Trident Tribunal targeted criminal networks preying on computer users through the sale of fraudulent computer security software.

The malicious software appears to be legitimate computer security software designed to detect threats. It doesn't go away until users supply their credit card numbers for worthless software.

An indictment unsealed in federal court in Minneapolis charges two operators with wire fraud, conspiracy and computer fraud.

Other countries involved in the operation are Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Latvia and Lithuania.