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Spanish authorities are investigating computer thefts in the country’s cities and have seized at least four computers that belonged to computer experts working for a Spanish computer security company.
The stolen computers, which were found in the southern city of Granada, were in use by an American IT security firm that specializes in helping Spanish businesses and institutions keep secure.
The computer thieves were in charge of monitoring the security of government networks and other sensitive information.
The firm is part of a group of cyber criminals operating in Spain and the U.S.
Known as Cybersecurity Group of the United States (CGUS), the group has stolen sensitive government and private data from companies, including a $100 million cybersecurity plan from the Department of Homeland Security, according to Reuters.
In recent months, authorities in Spain have been cracking down on the cyber crime that has become an epidemic in the nation.
In the latest incident, a Spanish security firm was robbed at gunpoint at a warehouse in Granada in October, the Associated Press reported.
The Spanish police said that two members of the group stole the security data of the Spanish Computer Industry Association (SICAI) and the company’s corporate director.
The alleged thefts were made possible by the theft of more than 400,000 credit card numbers and passwords from the private sector, according the AP.
A CGUS spokesperson told the AP that it was not clear if the data theft was linked to the Spanish government’s efforts to crack down on cyber crime.