The FBI and Microsoft have broken up an enormous network of hijacked home computers responsible for stealing more than $500m from bank accounts. The Citadel network had remotely installed a key logging program on about five million machinery to steal data. Regarding 1,000 of the 1,400 or so networks that made up the Citadel botnet are believed to have been shut down.
Co-ordinate action in 80 countries by law enforcement forces, tech firms and banking bodies helped to interrupt the scheme. The cybercriminals behind Citadel cashed in by using login and password details for online bank financial records stolen from compromised computers. Microsoft has also started act to assist people clean up an tainted computer.