At least 10 people were arrested in the U.S. in connection with an alleged global scheme to hack into bank accounts and steal millions of dollars using a computer virus, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan held a news conference today to announce federal and state charges against 60 people related to the probe. Bharara's office said the hackers used a so-called Trojan horse computer program known as "Zeus" and other Internet viruses to infect bank accounts.
The software counted keystrokes and collected personal information such as log-ins, giving criminals unauthorized access to the electronic banking accounts, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation who wasn't authorized to speak on the record.
Authorities in the U.K. yesterday announced charges against 11 people for an online banking fraud that affected HSBC Holdings, Royal Bank of Scotland Group and two other banks, the Metropolitan Police said.