As part of an ongoing investigation involving the cooperation of 20 countries, the FBI announced this morning that Darkode, described as “the most sophisticated English-speaking forum for criminal computer hackers in the world,” has been shut down and dismantled.
Twelve indictments have been issued by U.S. so far today, but the FBI’s release on the arrests claims that the investigation will charge, arrest, or search at least 70 Darkode members worldwide.
“Through this operation, we have dismantled a cyber hornets’ nest of criminal hackers which was believed by many, including the hackers themselves, to be impenetrable,” said U.S. Attorney David Hickton in a release.
The monumental bust and dismantling comes in the midst of reports that over 22 million U.S. residents have likely had their personal information stolen, due to a hack at the Federal Office of Personnel Management. “To be frank, our federal cybersecurity is not where it…
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