Europal and her partners have successfully arrested 12 hackers which were involved in the voice-phishing case.
Europol seized 15000 EUR in cash and important digital evidence which would help to build the voice-phishing case.
Take a look at the post which was released on the official Europol website.
The post on the 12 voice phishing hackers that got arrested explains what voice phishing is in the eyes of Europol:
Voice-phishing is a relatively new form of cybercrime. In this case, the potential victims in Belgium first received an e-mail, seemingly from a Belgian bank, asking for personal information. In the second phase, the criminals, located in the Netherlands, made direct contact with the potential victims in Belgium by telephone to gain access to private and personal information. The collected information was subsequently used to access bank accounts in Belgium and transfer money. The Belgian victims and banks suffered millions of euros in losses.
The head of EC3, Troels Oerting made the following comment:
Troels Oerting, Head of EC3, commented: “This case is another example of organised cybercriminals setting up teams to act like legitimate representatives of established businesses, who then lure innocent victims into disclosing personal information. The criminals misuse this harvested information to steal the victims’ identities or money.”
Michèle Coninsx made the following comment on the phishing case:
“The success of this case would not have been possible without close cooperation with Europol and the establishment of a JIT. Eurojust’s continued support to JITs is crucial in combating newly evolving forms of organised cross-border crime.”
Europol and Eurojust advise citizens to be very cautious when receiving ‘cold calls’. Every effort should be made to establish whether the caller is genuine. Never disclose your PIN, password or other personal details to any strangers – no genuine company would ask for this information.