German police close down hacker forum
As our fellow heise Security German language web site reports, special internet investigators of Baden-Württemberg's (Landeskriminalamt, LKA) have closed down a forum for sharing malicious software. The codesoft.cc platform was used for selling password stealers and offered information about how to find and steal sensitive data and how to forge credit cards. The forum's admin and operator is said to have been a 22-year-old Swiss from the Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland, who reportedly also developed and sold the "Codesoft PW Stealer 0.5" malware under his nickname "tr1p0d".
Following a mutual assistance request by public prosecutors in Offenburg, Swiss criminal investigators searched the 22-year-old's flat on the 25th of February, 2009, and seized two PCs with several terabytes of storage capacity as well as comprehensive documentation. According to the LKA, the forum's user database "including all accessible contacts and users' IP addresses" was saved. These will now be examined. Traces of codesoft.cc are still to be found on the Blackhat forum.