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Hacker Suspected in Huge Scam Arrested in Slovenia


A computer hacker has been arrested in Slovenia on suspicion of creating the infamous Mariposa virus that infected nearly 13 million computers across the globe before being disabled late last year.

A Slovenian national police spokesman said Wednesday the 23-year-old suspect, known as Iserdo, was taken into custody early last week as part of a joint U.S.-Slovenian probe. The FBI confirmed the arrest Tuesday.

The Mariposa virus allowed hackers to steal vital information from infected computers, including credit card data and online banking credentials. FBI Director Robert Mueller said earlier this year that Mariposa had infected computers of Fortune 1000 companies and major banks.

The latest arrest comes five months after Spanish police arrested three of the scam's alleged ringleaders accused of operating the so-called Mariposa botnet -- the huge string of infected computers.

There have been no official estimates of damage or losses linked to the virus.

Slovenian media say three former students of Slovenia's University of Maribor appear tied to the case, saying they were recently detained and interrogated by Slovenian police and the FBI. The Associated Press says authorities seized computer equipment belonging to the students.

The news agency also quotes an FBI spokesman as saying more arrests are expected.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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