Internet police in Jiangsu province have uncovered the gang responsible for the largest online crime spree in China's history.
The Public Security Bureau Internet police of Xuzhou in Jiangsu province have solved a series of online thefts involving the new Trojan virus "Shenma." Fo over two months, the Shenma virus stole more than 10 million yuan from QQ users' bank accounts, making this the largest online crime spree ever recorded in China.
So far, the police have arrested 58 gang members responsible for the virus. The gang was highly organized, with each member given a specific job. They edited the virus to keep it invulnerable to antivirus software and targeted potential victims, mainly shopkeepers, through QQ. The majority of the suspects are in their teens and early twenties.
Gang members would contact victims in QQ chatrooms, claiming to be suppliers and merchants looking for business. After acquiring the victims' bank account information, the gang members would purchase cards for online games and then sell them to gamers. Using this method, they have stolen more than 456 bank cards and 300 million yuan across the country.
The Internet police have warned the public to be cautious of strangers online and urged them not to give away any personal information over the internet.