Global hacking attacks are on the rise, with many of Europol's operations neutralizing various such spirals / groups. Below you will see the top 10 companies that have made in recent years.
In 2014, Europol and other law enforcement agencies seized servers that were a major part of the Shylock malware campaign, which is used to attack banks and financial institutions worldwide.
Trojan Shylock has infected at least 30.000 computers worldwide, targeting those in the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy and Turkey.
Game over, Zeus
Another notable business at the same time was the seizure of infrastructure owned by Gamenet Gameover Zeus and ransomware operators CryptoLocker.
While variants of Zeus and CryptoLocker are still on the market, the police operation stopped Gameover Zeus - of course, after the victims suffered losses of about 100 million dollars. The mastermind behind Gameover Zeus, Evgeniy Mikhaylovich Bogachev, is still wanted by the FBI.
ATM skimming (Theft of bank card information via a device called a skimmer)
In 2017, Europol was chasing those believed to be part of a global company that hacked ATMs.
ATM skimming involves violating ATM hardware or software, often through physical cameras and skimming systems, in order to scan the card details of innocent users.
As part of an operation called Operation Neptune, police arrested four Bulgarians who used the stolen data to set up cash registers from their victims' accounts in countries such as Belize, Indonesia and Jamaica.
Carbanak / Cobalt
Going back to 2018 we have the arrest of the alleged operators of the campaigns of malware Carbanak / Cobalt by Europol. The criminals carried out a series of successful robberies that allowed them to redeem about 10 million euros per successful theft, with a total theft believed to exceed 1 billion euros, since 2013 which seems to have been active.
The team is known as Fin7. THE Source Code for Carbanak was recently discovered on VirusTotal.
Another campaign that took place in 2018 concerned the purchase of counterfeit euro banknotes in Dark Web.
It is probably easy to buy illegal goods and counterfeit money online if you know where to look, but as noted in this case, the Criminals can be identified.
In all, nearly 300 home searches were conducted in 13 different countries and 235 suspects were detained. Drugs, weapons and 1.5000 banknotes and cryptocurrencies were also seized.
The producer of the banknotes was arrested months ago. More than 10.000 counterfeit banknotes have been shipped across Europe.
Redemption of cryptocurrencies
An interesting case involving encryption was the arrest of a UK citizen who allegedly stole $ 11,4 million in virtual currency IOTA.
The thefts took place in January 2018. The man in question used a website that promised to create random, powerful passwords for IOTA wallets, but secretly, the suspect records passwords for use, later, to log in to user accounts and steal their money.
Wall Street Market
One of Europol's most recent successes is the closure of Wall Street Market, a Dark Web market that sold weapons, drugs, hacking tools and stolen data.
After hackers fraudulently broke $ 14,2 million in encryption, law enforcement confiscated it. server owned by the website.