Slovenia police detain alleged botnet hacker

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) ? Slovenian police say they have detained an alleged computer hacker believed to be responsible for a virus that infected 12 million computers worldwide.

The police say that the hacker, identified as Matjaz Skoranc from the northwestern town of Maribor, was detained early Thursday.

They say the detention is part of an ongoing investigation.

Skoranc was first detained in July 2010 in a joint action with the FBI and the Spanish authorities who had broken up the so-called Mariposa botnet ? a scam to steal credit cards and online banking credentials.

The botnet ? a network of infected computers ? appeared in December 2008 and affected major banks and corporations around the world.