Police take down hacker network with up to 1 million zombies

In what was described as the largest hacking scam in Canadian history, Quebec provincial police raided several homes across Quebec on Wednesday and arrested 16 people between the ages of 17 and 26.

The hacking network may have profited by as much as $45 million through the use of phishing sites set up on compromised computers. The majority of computers attacked by the network were in Poland and Brazil, but some PCs in Manitoba and the United States were also hacked, he said. Several government computers were also compromised, but investigators will not say in which country.

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During a news conference, Capt. Gaudreau said at one point, nearly a million computers worldwide were affected. But numbers released by the provincial police listed fewer than 150,000 computers.

The tally made public yesterday showed that more than 39,000 computers were infected in Poland, 28,458 in Brazil, 26,169 in Mexico. In Canada, 3,383 computers were hit.

The $45-million damage estimate is based on the repair costs to computer servers and does not include any fraud police might uncover while examining the dozens of computers it seized at the suspects' homes.

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150K, IS THAT IT !?
God 75K botnets sell for about £600, so I make that about £1300 worth, not $45m... God the bull**** that the media comes up with

(n_K said @ #12.1)
150K, IS THAT IT !?
God 75K botnets sell for about £600, so I make that about £1300 worth, not $45m... God the bull**** that the media comes up with

"The hacking network may have profited by as much as $45 million through the use of phishing sites set up on compromised computers."
not by selling bot nets

(fr33k said @ #12.3)
"The hacking network may have profited by as much as $45 million through the use of phishing sites set up on compromised computers."
not by selling bot nets

Doubt it, else people with 80K bot nets would be millionaires, and most people on IRC have about 70K, and from what I remember, they are all working-class and definately not rich. Its like with OiNK, err he didn't demand a single payment but they are saying he basically demanded it or kicked you off and that he made millions.... No he didn't, he used that to pay for the servers, but I know a private money making torrent site though and he makes loads from thats, thousands no millions, guys a moron

(TheNay said @ #10)
I guess you got this news from CBC? I'll read the rest there.

The original article was sourced. Take a look where it says "Posted by Fred Derf via CBC News". The CBC News part is clickable (not in my example but at the top of the page).

(Fred Derf said @ #10.1)

The original article was sourced. Take a look where it says "Posted by Fred Derf via CBC News". The CBC News part is clickable (not in my example but at the top of the page).


Hey Fred, I don't see it at all.

EDIT\ Doesn't show in swift themes (which I'm using), and only in shift themes it shows just to let you know Sorry about that Fred.

Zombies: Human like creatures propagated my an infecting virus over the world,with a master of their own,in this case a PC nerd,maybe hired by the linux community.

Note: don't read this too much,because you might get infected!

1 million zombies?.

So, we are talking about the largest hacking scam in Canadian the entire world history.

(Magallanes said @ #8)
1 million zombies?.

So, we are talking about the largest hacking scam in Canadian the entire world history.


Yes, CBC Television reported that it likely is the largest hacking bust in the entire world.

(Fred Derf said @ #8.1)
Yes, CBC Television reported that it likely is the largest hacking bust in the entire world.

Note the complete lack of evidence to back up those numbers. But never mind that, it sounds impressive in a press release.

"Up to a million zombies. Up to $45M. We just have no ****ing clue, so we'll borrow the RIAA math."