|The phishing gang is said to have lured computer
users into visiting bogus banking websites
The UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) has arrested 12
people suspected of being members of a gang involved in defrauding
users of online banks.
The six men and six women, who come from Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine, are alleged to have fooled computer
users into revealing their online bank account details (known as a
Police are said to have seized computers, passports, cheque
books, bank cards and a quantity of cocaine from addresses in
London and Ramsgate, Kent.
"We believe this gang has sent hundreds of thousands of pounds
back to Russia," said Detective Superintendent Mick Deats, deputy
head of the NHTCU.
"Organised criminal gangs are targeting internet users around
the world in their attempt to steal money from online bank
accounts," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for
Sophos. "It's not uncommon to be on the receiving ends of one of
these frauds every day you open your email, as you receive yet
another message inviting you to reveal your account details by
visiting a website disguised to look like a genuine online
Last week the NHTCU arrested a 21-year-old man
in Lancashire in what was said to be the UK's first phishing