10 international arrest warrants, 4 arrests

BKA: Biggest blow to date against global cybercrime

Investigators are talking about the biggest strike against cyber criminals: more than 100 servers have been confiscated and 1300 domains put out of operation in an operation in several countries worldwide. This was announced by the public prosecutor’s office in Frankfurt am Main and the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) on Thursday morning.

Several of the currently most influential malware families have been removed from the network. This is special software that can be used to gain access to other people’s computers with criminal intent.


Ten international arrest warrants have reportedly been issued and four people provisionally arrested in the measures coordinated by German authorities. Germany has issued arrest warrants for a total of eight people involved. On this basis, seven people are being sought who are strongly suspected of having “participated as members of a criminal organization for the purpose of spreading the Trickbot malware”, the investigators added.

During the operation on Tuesday and Wednesday, a total of 16 properties in Armenia, the Netherlands, Portugal and Ukraine were reportedly searched and numerous items of evidence were seized. The data seized in the process is currently being evaluated and could lead to further investigations.

“With the largest international cyber police operation to date, the law enforcement authorities have succeeded in striking a significant blow against the cybercrime scene,” said BKA Vice President Martina Link according to the press release. “The current success is based on measures against infrastructures, players and their financial resources.”

Law enforcement officers from the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Great Britain, Austria and the USA were involved in the operation. They were supported by the police authority Europol and the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation.


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