PCeU Arrests Two Teenagers in Cybercrime Investigation

Two London teenagers have been arrested by the Metropolitan's Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) in relation to an international cybercrime investigation.

Arrested on suspicion of encouraging or assisting crime, the two males aged 17 and 18, used an unauthorised computer to commit fraud. The suspects are currently being held in a London police station.

The arrests have been made as part of an eight-month investigation by the organisation into global cybercriminal forum suspected to have over 8,000 members.

Detectives have estimated a potential industry loss of £7.9m after recovering over 65,000 compromised credit/debit card numbers.

Evidence has also been found which shows that the forum is facilitating the theft and sale of many types of personal information and the exchange of malicious software. Not only this but the has been providing tutorials on how to carry out such criminal activity.

Terry Wilson of the PCeU stated, "The arrests are an example of our increasing effort to combat online criminality and reduce national harm to the UK economy and public."

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