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Members of the 'Jabber Zeus Crew' indicted by Department of Justice

Nine defendants located in the UK and Eastern Europe have been indicted by the US DoJ for their role in a cybercriminal ring that has stolen large amounts.

Published Sat, Apr 12 2014 8:18 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Nine men behind the "Jabber Zeus Crew" have been indicted for charges including conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, multiple counts of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit computer fraud and identity theft, and aggravated identity theft.

Members of the 'Jabber Zeus Crew' indicted by Department of Justice | TweakTown.com

The group allegedly used the Zeus Trojan to collect bank account numbers, account passwords, PIN numbers, and other significant information. Conviction could lead to a monetary fine that would total at least $70,000,000, the DOJ said in its indictment.

"It was further part of the conspiracy that [defendants] used 'money mules' residents of the United States who received funds transferred over the Automated Clearing House ('ACH') network or through other interstate wire systems from victims' bank accounts into the money mules' own bank accounts, and then withdrew some of those funds and wired the funds overseas to conspirators," the indictment stated.

The US federal government is cracking down on organized cybercriminal groups responsible for stealing money and compromising personal data - but it's a continued uphill battle, especially with many criminals residing outside of the United States.

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