A recent massive operation by INTERPOL, which happens to be the biggest international police organization in the world, has successfully targeted the underlying infrastructure behind malicious activities such as phishing, malware, and ransomware attacks.
The operation is a significant step towards mitigating the impact of these nefarious activities and ensuring a safer online environment for everyone.
During the three-month period from September to November 2023, a global operation called “Synergia” was conducted across more than 50 countries, involving a total of 60 law enforcement agencies.
This operation was aimed at tackling complex and cross-border criminal activities, with a focus on employing advanced technical tools and methodologies for effective investigations and interventions.
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- 1,300 suspicious websites and servers linked to cybercrime were identified.
- 70% of these malicious servers were taken down, disrupting their operations.
- 31 individuals were arrested, with 70 more suspects identified.
- Countries across continents participated, from Europe and Asia to Africa and South America.
Operation “Synergia”’ involved:
- Conducting house searches and seizures of equipment
- Collaboration with private sector partners: Tech giants like Kaspersky and TrendMicro provided crucial intelligence and support.
Assistant Director “Bernardo Pillot” at INTERPOL Cyber Crime added:
“The results of this operation, achieved through the collective efforts of multiple countries and partners, show our unwavering commitment to safeguarding the digital space. By dismantling the infrastructure behind phishing, banking malware, and ransomware attacks, we are one step closer to protecting our digital ecosystems and a safer, more secure online experience for all”.