Busted: 57 Face Cyber Crime Charges

Monday, March 9, 2015 @ 03:03 PM gHale

The National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) of the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK spearheaded a nationwide cyber crime “strike week” last week resulting in the arrest of 57 people in 25 separate operations.

Those arrested have participated in DDoS attacks, phishing schemes, cyber-enabled fraud, theft of intellectual property, network intrusions, and the development and distribution of malware. Click here for more details on the arrests.

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Among them is a 23-year old man from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands UK, who police arrested for breaching the networks of the U.S. Department of Defense in June 2014.

“The network intrusion (hacking) attack occurred on June 15, 2014 and obtained data used as part of an international satellite message dissemination system (Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services) used by the U.S. Department of Defense to communicate with employees via email or phone around the world,” the NCA said.

“The data loss consisted of non-confidential contact information for approximately 800 people including name, title, email addresses and phone numbers. It also included device information for approximately 34,400 devices including IMEI numbers which are the unique codes used to identify a mobile device. No sensitive data was obtained and none of the data obtained could be used as personally identifiable information or compromise US national security interests.”

The suspect then posted evidence of the hack on Pastebin, along with a message taunting the Lizard Squad hackers.

This strike week worked in conjunction with Ten Regional Organized Crime Units, Police Scotland and Police Service of Northern Ireland visiting some 60 businesses whose servers within the UK ended up compromised.

“The compromises could be used to send out spam email, launch attacks against websites or servers, or install phishing websites to gain access to sensitive information. The NCA said organizations acting on this advice could, between them, clean up to half of the phishing attacks that typically originate from the UK each month,” they said.

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