Australian hacker charged with infecting 3,000 PCs

Adelaide, Australia – A 20-year-old Australian man has been charged with infecting more than 3,000 computers around the world with a virus designed to capture banking and credit card data. The software was designed to capture banking credentials and credit card information from compromised machines.

The un-named man will appear in court on September 4 and was arrested following a three month investigation involving state police and federal computer crime specialists.

He has been charged with offenses that carry potential jail terms of up to 10 years, said South Australia state police, who added that further arrests may follow.

The Adelaide man is also accused of setting up a distributed denial of service network involving some 74,000 computers around the world.