«For the purpose of theft of the band used a malicious program for smartphones running on the operating system Android, which has allowed them to quickly create a botnet consisting of more than 16 thousand compromised mobile devices », – he said official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Elena Alekseeva .
The police discovered a criminal group that engages in the illegal transfer of money from the bank card customers of one of the Russian banks in the Yaroslavl and Nizhny Novgorod region this year. Subsequent verification has indicated that the attackers were working outside of those regions, including in the neighboring countries.
The organizer of groups turned 35-year-old resident of Yaroslavl, who supervised the activities of regional cells . During the search, law enforcement officers seized computer equipment, mobile phones, laptops, 223 SIM-card 34 USB-modem, as well as credit cards.
At the moment, the botnet is stopped, the head of the criminals in custody, authorities are looking for the other defendants in the case. Interior Ministry did not specify the amount of the damage.
The attacks on the money Russians through smart phones
This is not the first time that the attackers are trying to steal money from the accounts of Russians through tech gadgets – before it became known that customers “Savings” stole more than 2 billion rubles, and in April 2015, experts have uncovered a large-scale attack, which affected more than 340 million smartphones in Russia.
The Central Bank of Russia has warned of a substantial increase of financial crimes on the Internet – on this segment accounting for over 65% of all fraudulent transactions. The Russians are losing money because of the viruses and off the phone.