An Australian man has been charged with infecting more than 3,000 computers with a virus designed to capture banking and credit card data.
According to the New Zealand Herald, the 20-year-old man, whose named was not released, has been charged with several computer offences that carry prison terms of up to ten years, South Australia state police Detective Supt. Jim Jeffery said in a statement.
The man, who lives in the state capital, Adelaide, is also accused of illegally creating a capacity to disable computer systems by bombarding them with unwanted traffic from up to 74,000 computers he controlled around the world.
The arrest followed a three-month investigation involving state and federal computer crime detectives. Police have not said whether the man allegedly used stolen banking information to commit identity fraud, however they did claim to have uncovered information that will identify other offenders.