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A 21-year-old man sent 120,000 text messages containing a phishing link between 2 and 21 September. If people clicked on it, the man could take over their bank account, writes the Public Prosecution Service (IFThursday.

The man has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by the police and the Northern Netherlands Public Prosecution Service into “large-scale cyber fraud”. A 21-year-old woman was also arrested in the same case. This happened in both cases in Groningen.

It is not known how much money was looted, but the Public Prosecution Service does write that victims have been made throughout the Netherlands.

The man has no permanent place of residence or residence, but worked from Groningen. He was brought before the examining magistrate and placed in custody for two weeks. The woman is said to have played a limited role and has been set free again.

The case started when the police got their hands on a laptop from the man at the beginning of this year. The login details of about one and a half million hacked accounts were found, including those of Marktplaats users.

The police has now confiscated more laptops. Records show that the suspect was active in underground trading places, where he shared files with other hackers. “He bought files with tens of thousands of telephone numbers that way,” said the case officer.

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