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27 Aug 2004

150 suspects arrested in Operation Web Snare, Sophos comments

US Attorney John Ashcroft announced the arrests in Washington DC.
US Attorney John Ashcroft announced the arrests in Washington DC.

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, has welcomed the US authorities firm action against suspected spammers, phishers and other cybercriminals in "Operation Web Snare".

US Attorney General John Ashcroft announced the arrest or conviction of more than 150 people in connection with online computer crimes. The charges include the use of spam email to steal credit card numbers, online fraud and computer hacking.

According to the US Justice Department, the suspects were identified during the course of "Operation Web Snare", which co-ordinated more than 160 federal investigations into internet crimes, which are said to have claimed around 150,000 victims and caused $215 million in estimated losses.

"Operation Web Snare shows that America's justice community is seeking to anticipate, out think and adapt to new trends in internet crime," said Ashcroft in a press statement. "This effort shows how effective law enforcement can be against online crime when all levels of government - domestically and internationally - work together."

"It's good to see the US take positive action against the many scammers, spammers and other abusers of the internet," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "However, this does not mean that companies should rest on their laurels when it comes to protecting themselves from internet crooks and vandals, With more and more people recognising the fortunes which can be made through internet crime there are unfortunately plenty waiting in the wings."

Sophos recommends companies protect themselves with a consolidated solution which can defend businesses from the threats of both spam and viruses.

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