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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -Dutch police have arrested three men suspected of stealing credit card and bank account data by hacking into over 100,000 personal computers worldwide, public prosecutors said on Saturday.

The three Dutch men supposedly used so-called &#34Trojan horse&#34 software to infect computers with a virus and steal confidential personal information, and to attack company Web sites, the public prosecutor”s office said in a statement.

&#34In the Netherlands alone, several thousands of computers were infected,&#34 the statement said.

The three men, aged 19, 22 and 27, were arrested on Tuesday.

The hackers are also accused of plundering accounts in PayPal, the payment-processing business of online auctioneer eBay Inc, and are suspected of threatening to attack the computer system of a U.S. company, the statement said.

The three used a virus, called W32.Toxbot, which allows access to the infected computer”s control system. They kept adapting the virus in line with upgraded anti-virus programs, prosecutors said.

Justice officials expect more arrests in the case, Dutch media said.

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