Joint Effort Snares Gang of Cyberthugs

by Blogburger on February 15, 2013

Europol announced Wednesday the breakup of a gang of cybercriminals who allegedly ran a ransomware scheme to extract money from online users in 30 countries. Spanish police, working alongside Europol’s European Cybercrime Center, made 11 arrests in an action dubbed “Operation Ransom.” The cyberthieves are accused of paralyzing computers with a virus, then masquerading as police agencies and telling the owners that illegal online activity had been detected. In some cases, the thieves even masqueraded as Europol itself.


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