A coalition of six countries: the USA, Germany, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and Bulgaria, working with the assistance of Eurojust and Europol, exposed the activities of international criminal cyber network GozNym which used malicious software to steal almost $100 million.
This was announced at a press conference held on April 16 in The Hague (Netherlands) at Interpol headquarters as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.
Representatives from the law enforcement agencies of the countries which took part in the operation also participated in the press conference.
US Attorney Scott Brady said that today Interpol achieved a new milestone in the fight against international organized crime. “We are pleased to announce that, thanks to an unprecedented international effort, we have exposed the criminal network,” he emphasized.
According to Brady, the criminals used the GozNym malware to steal money from more than 41,000 victims. These were mostly representatives of business and financial institutions in the United States, North America and Europe.
Some of the attackers have already been prosecuted in the courts of Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and the United States.
With the help of the GozNym malware, they intercepted passwords to access banking systems, logged into the accounts of their victims, stole money tied to the accounts and laundered it through the bank accounts controlled by the network.
On May 13, Ukrainian cyber police deleted more than 30 online piracy sites. Nineteen criminal proceedings were opened related to intellectual property crime. Four individuals are suspected of illegal activity.
In addition, the case against a resident of Kryvyi Rih, who filmed premiers in cinemas and sold the videos for distribution, was sent to court for the first time.