The police in the Netherlands arrested a 19-year-old man who allegedly made computer programs that are used in phishing. As far as is known, it is the first time that such a software builder has been arrested.
The man is suspected of dozens phishing panels made and sold. Criminals can use this software to set up fake websites for banks. In phishing emails, victims are enticed to click on a link and are then redirected to these fake sites.
While victims leave their bank credentials, the users of the phishing panel can watch, log in to the bank’s real site and raid the account. The NOS showed how easy it is to buy such packages online.
Screen name turned up
The police tracked down the man because the name under which he is active online appeared in an investigation into a criminal group that is involved in phishing. He then managed to find out his identity.
Police said the 19-year-old had a loaded firearm within reach when he was arrested. He was arrested in the east of the country two weeks ago, but the police and the Public Prosecution Service only announced this today. The investigative services think he may have made a ton from the sale of his software.