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Interpol arrests 31 cybercrime suspects in global operation


International authorities announced that they arrested 31 suspected members of a cybercrime group and confiscated 1,300 malicious servers that were used to carry out phishing attacks and distribute malware.

“The arrests are a consequence of Interpol’s so-called Operation Synergy, which took place from September to November 2023, and was launched in response to the clear growth, escalation and professionalization of transnational cybercrime and the need for coordinated action against new cyber threats,” said the Interpol in a statement.

Nearly 60 law enforcement agencies and several private companies were involved in the operation, which took down 70% of identified command and control (C&C) servers — primarily in Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore — while others are currently under investigation.

In addition to the 31 arrests, Interpol identified another 70 suspects responsible for phishing attacks, spreading banking malware and distributing ransomware. The international police agency said that during the investigation large cybercrime groups were discovered, but did not specify which ones.

“The results of this operation, achieved through the collective efforts of several countries and partners, show our unwavering commitment to safeguarding the digital space,” said Bernardo Pillot, assistant director of Interpol’s Cybercrime Directorate. “By dismantling the infrastructure behind phishing attacks, banking malware and ransomware, we are one step closer to protecting our digital ecosystems and a safer, more secure online experience for everyone,” he added.


Source: CisoAdvisor

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