A gang of cybercriminals was arrested last week as part of a police operation in the Ukraine, where 5 suspects were taken in for questioning, and there are now 60 individuals involved in this case, announced Europol on Thursday. A joint investigation between Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, the United Kingdom, and Austria, was launched in 2013. Germany, the USA, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Moldavia are also involved in this case.
Cybercriminals used special software, “Trojan horses”, to access online banking details of unsuspecting people. The group created its own programme which allowed it to seize control of infected computers, hack into bank accounts and transfer money. When banks stepped up their security measures, criminals upgraded their software. The group allegedly sold banking data to other criminals as well. Europol called them “a very destructive cybercriminal gang.”