Cyber-hackers rumbled after huge Europol hunt
The group were said to be developing and selling sophisticated tools to provide “invisibility” to all types of malicious malware.
And potentially, it is believed, they were able to have infected thousands of computers around the world.
Yet the tools would not have appeared suspicious to anti-virus programmes. That’s because activation of the remote-control Trojans, key-loggers and back doors would have allowed them to control their victims’ computers.
Europol was responsible for co-ordinating the complex probe between the Spanish National Police’s Technological Research Unit, the UK National Cybercrime Unit TITAN and the threat-investigation service of anti-virus firm Trend Micro.
The tools were promoted on hacking forums in exchange for payments, usually in Bitcoins (digital “currency, which allows users to conduct transactions online). And fees were based on the number of infections actually achieved.
According to investigators, the activity began in the middle of 2013, producing substantial financial rewards to those responsible.
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