Coordinated Effort: Cyber Gang Busted

Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 04:03 PM gHale


Cyber crime has no real borders and that is why law enforcement agencies from different countries need to be able to work together. That just happened to be the case as Europol busted two people in Finland in connection with a criminal network believed to have stolen 15,000 credit card numbers.

The takedown was part of an operation involving Europol, the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and local Finnish law enforcement.

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“Finnish law enforcement authorities, working closely with the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, have dismantled an Asian criminal network responsible for illegal Internet transactions and purchasing of airline tickets,” Europol officials said.

“As a result of this successful operation, two members of the criminal gang, traveling on false documents, were arrested at Helsinki airport. In addition, around 15,000 compromised credit card numbers were found on the criminals’ seized computers.”

The gang had reportedly made over $91,350 (€70,000) in Europe by making illegal Internet transactions with stolen credit cards.

Europol said forensic examination of the group’s confiscated computers suggest the crooks were planning further operations outside Europe.

Troels Oerting, assistant director, Europol and head of EC3, praised the operation citing it as proof that cross collaboration between countries law enforcement can help reduce cybercrime.

“In this case, the commitment of the Finnish Border Guard and National Police, coupled with the close international cooperation facilitated by Europol’s EC3, has been crucial for investigating this sophisticated scam,” Oerting said.

“As the central point in Europe for tackling cybercrime, EC3 will continue to proactively support other investigations of this nature.”

The takedown follows widespread calls for more cross collaboration between law enforcement, government and private industry in the fight against cyber crime.



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