Police in New Zealand are questioning an 18 year-old man over allegations that he masterminded a multimillion pound online crime syndicate.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is alleged to have organised the infection of over a million PCs in Holland with key-logging software that collected bank account details.
Police claim that a staggering £12.5m was siphoned out of victims' accounts.
"We have seized a number of computers and our investigations are focusing on the one seized from the 18 year-old,'' Detective Inspector Peter Devoy said in an interview with Bloomberg.
"It just goes to show that when you step into the cyber-world it knows no boundaries.''
The teenager, who operated under the online name 'Akill', is also accused of infecting 50,000 PCs at a Philadelphia university.
The investigation was coordinated by Dutch police, the FBI and the New Zealand authorities following an 18-month probe by the FBI into the use of viruses in online banking fraud.
The teenager, who is still at school, was described as "very bright and gifted".
"He is a young guy but I think it is an environment that the young understand a lot better,'' said Detective Inspector Devoy.
"This is a relatively new type of crime that will only become more evident as time goes by.''
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