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Argentina: Teen Hacker 'Stole £30,000-A-Month'
Argentine police have arrested a 19-year-old "super-hacker" suspected of breaching numerous websites to divert more than £30,000 ($50,000) a month into his bank account.
Police believe the suspect was part of a six-strong gang which planted viruses on a gaming site which infected the computers of website visitors.
The viruses allowed the attacker to remotely intercept online banking money transfers and steal payments to gaming sites.
To complete the attack the teen is suspected of ordering an army of pre-infected 'zombie' computers to overload the sites, taking them offline so users could not access their accounts while their money was taken.
The youth is reportedly the son of an IT engineer and was detained at his home in Buenos Aires in July as part of Operation Zombie, which included five raids in the capital and the city of Rosario in Santa Fe province.
Police raided the teenager's Buenos Aires home and seized sophisticated computers and other technological equipment.
Operation Zombie began in 2012 after a businessman offering web-hosting services noticed a hacker was remotely breaking into his servers to intercept money transfers.