The Polish authorities have announced the arrest of four suspected hackers under a coordinated strike against the cybercrime. All those hackers who have been arrested under this cybercrime operation are strongly believed to be amongst the list of the most active cybercriminals in the country.
This cybercrime operation had been carried out by the Polish Police Centre Bureau of Investigation (Centralne Biuro Śledecze Policji). It was coordinated under the supervision of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw (Prokuratura Regionalna w Warszawie). These authorities were backed by the cybercrime departments of the provincial police headquarters and Europol.
The arrested individuals’ identities have not yet been revealed. Still, they are believed to be involved in nationwide, various cybercrime that includes the malware distribution, SIM swapping and e-commerce fraud.
Here are the clues that the law enforcement authorities have found out against the arrested individuals on the crimes they have been involved in:
- Distribution Of Malware:
The investigators have established that two of the arrested suspects had been involved in the malware distribution like the Remote Access Tools or RAT along with the mobile malware. The alleged malware distribution was made via the phishing emails that posed to be coming from the government institutions. This particular scam is believed to have crippled over a thousand victims all across Poland.
- Sim Swapping:
The arrested cybercriminals under the cybercrime operation had also stolen the personal data, bank account credentials and much more from the computers and cell phones that were infected with the malware that were earlier deployed on the devices of the victims. The hackers then utilize the stolen data to con the victims’ mobile phone operators and port the phone numbers of the victims to the other sim cards that these malicious hackers possessed.
From that particular moment, the criminals would be successful in receiving the incoming calls, the text messages and the one time passwords (OTP) of the banks that they used to use for transferring the money out of the victims’ accounts. This extracted amount is then transferred to the accounts of the money mules or their cryptocurrency exchange wallets. With the implementation of such a technique, the criminals were able to dupe and steal more than €147 000 (PLN 662 000) from the victims’ bank accounts.
- E-commerce Fraud:
One of the arrested criminals had been running 50 fake online shops that are believed to have defrauded nearly 10,000 people. A couple of fake websites from these 50 were also used to spread malware on the victims’ devices.
Two of the arrested individuals of the cybercrime operation had also conducted a series of bomb threats that were sent to the kindergartens all across the country and prompting the evacuation of 13,350 people.
In the bid to identify the main targets and inform the overall strategy, the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) of Europol had supported the Polish authorities with its operational analysis.
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