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[ISN] Hacker arrested for creating 'zombie' computers
By Joelle Pouliot
July 19, 2011
LAVAL, Que. -- RCMP investigators arrested a 24-year-old computer hacker
from Laval on Tuesday, who was apprehended for creating a botnet -- a
collection of computers infected with a virus and controlled remotely by
Joseph Mercier, an information security manager for an unidentified
employer in Quebec, is accused of programming a virus to make a botnet
infrastructure. Through these programs, police say he was able to infect
servers in Canada and abroad to build and control a vast network of
Although his botnet was predominantly concentrated in Quebec, he also
took control of servers in Russia, the United Arab Emirates, France and
the United States. Two school boards in Quebec and his current employer
are also among his victims.
The suspect infiltrated computers owned by both citizens and businesses.
He was able to capture what people typed on their keyboards and copy
files from computers to steal the identity of their users. He could
upload corrupted files and do mass spam emailing to infect the user's
Police say he could also see and record images from users' webcams.
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