A MAN has been charged with using an army of “zombie” computers to hack into Skype, Google and Pokemon.
Alex Bessell, 21, is accused of using around 9,000 computers to orchestrate Distributed Denial of Service (DdOS) attacks on firms in an attempt to crash their online operations.
The attacks are aimed at flooding servers or websites with messages, data and requests – causing the system to crash and leaving users unable to access it.
Bessell is said to have set up web business Aiobuy – allegedly making more than $700,000 (£533,193) in sales of harmful IT viruses, since 2011.
He is also charged with designing a ‘crypter’ software package that hides bugs from computer users and makes them invisible to anti-virus systems.
A police spokesperson said: “Bessell will face a total of 11 charges, including unauthorised access to computers, impairing the operation of computers, making and supplying malware, money laundering and making false statements to Companies House.
“The charges follow an investigation by cybercrime detectives at the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) based in Birmingham.”
Bessell, of Liverpool, is set to appear before Birmingham magistrates on October 30.
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