Michelle Southern reporting.
Federal authorities announce a bust of a huge illegal computer hacking forum which resulted in the arrest of 70 alleged cyber-criminals including a man from Louisiana. 28-year-old Rory Stephen Guidry of Opelousas is charged with a count of computer fraud.
"The FBI identified an online forum called Darkode," said Andrew Ludlum who is the Assistant Special agent in charge of the New Orleans field office. "In layman's terms it's a virtual black marketplace to sell things that hackers steal or remove from systems at schools or businesses."
Investigators say this exclusive group was the largest known English faction in the world which manufactured malicious computer software until the FBI got a court order to shut it down.
Ludlum says "Operation Shrouded Horizon" has taken away hackers ability to sell identity information they were stealing from personal electronic devices.
"It will help us greater identify hackers who are attacking servers," said Ludlum.
Guidry's arrest record indicates the accused hacker operated and sold access to a botnet in which security breached computers are controlled by a malicious third party.