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Police crack giant hacking ring

POLICE in Hubei Province said they have cracked a computer hacker's ring and arrested two masterminds behind the country's most popular "Trojan horse" virus, uncovering a billion-dollar business.

Macheng City Police said the high-tech crime ring they cracked is the first of its kind in China. The six suspects in six provinces had never met each other before they were seized by police, reported Global Times today.

The two principal suspects, 20-year-old Yang and 22-year-old Han, gained more than 2 million yuan (US$293,000) in less than six months, the police said.

Police alleged Yang wrote the software and Han sold the "Little Rat" virus widely used by hackers.

Another four unnamed suspects were seized for allegedly using the software to steal online banking accounts or passwords for online games that they can sell for money.

Huang Shaokui, the vice police chief in Macheng, said though the six had never met before they were seized, they formed a sophisticated chain of business that could pull millions, reported CCTV.


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