The Dutch National High-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) arrested a 20-year-old Utrecht, Netherlands man, alleging he is the creator and distributor of a macro toolkit that has enabled cybercriminals to send phishing emails with malicious Office document attachments.
The man, who was not named but went by the handle "Rubella" in online forums, is believed to have developed the eponymously-named macro builder Rubella and then selling and renting the kit on the dark web for prices ranging from several hundred to several thousand Euros. Police seized about 20,000 Euros in cryptocurrency that police believe the man earned through the sale of his toolkits. The suspect was tracked down in a joint operation between Dutch authorities and McAfee and was arrested in his home while sitting at his computer, the NHTCU wrote in a release.
“Furthermore, the suspect was found in possession of data concerning dozens of credit cards and manuals on carding, a type of credit card fraud. The young man also possessed access credentials for thousands of websites. It is not known what he was planning to do with these,” the police said.
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