An FBI official said a two-year-long multinational investigation led them to nab a 23-year-old Slovenian, who allegedly created a malicious software code that infected 12 million computers worldwide.
Stephen Gaudin, a legal attache of the FBI to the U.S. embassy in Vienna, Austria, told reporters that the cooperation between the FBI, Slovenian and Spanish forces was “unparalleled.”
Slovenian police detained and questioned the man, identified only by his code name Iserdo, ten days ago, in the northwestern industrial city of Maribor. He was released after questioning, but police say they have made sure he cannot tamper with evidence or flee the country. They have not given details of how they have ensured that.
The investigation is ongoing and Iserdo was not formally indicted yet.
He is suspected of selling the malware to the operators of the Spanish Mariposa botnet — a network of infected computers — which stole credit cards and online banking credentials.
The Mariposa botnet, which has been dismantled, was easily one of the world’s biggest, infecting hundreds of companies and at least 40 major banks in 190 countries since appearing in Dec. 2008.
Toni Kastelic, the head of Slovenian police cyber crime department, said police also questioned another, 24-year-old person, and confiscated 75 computers in seven house searches…
He didn’t identify the chief suspect, Iserdo — which, read backwards, means “salvation” in Slovenian.
The dude is going to need more than salvation. Even with a plea deal exposing the other sleazeballs in his brigade of script-kiddies, I imagine – I hope – they throw away the key.