Europol has carried out an action which resulted in the arrest of 15 cybercriminals. The 15 cybercriminals are teenagers and young adults which have been using remote access Trojans.
The remote access Trojans are titled BlackShades, PoisenIvy and Darkcomet.
Troels Oerting, Head of the European Cybercrime Centre commented:
“Today an alliance of EU law enforcement agencies joined forces to send a strong signal to the criminals using this toxic RAT malware and, at the same time, engage with the predominantly younger individuals involved, to discourage them from pursuing this criminal path.”
He continues to explain that cybercrime stays a crime, even if you are unable to see the target.
“Crimes committed online are sometimes perceived to be ‘less serious’ by these young offenders as they cannot physically see the victim or the effects of their crimes. Of course this is simply not the case and their criminal activities will not be tolerated in cyberspace.”
Europol has been very active in taking down remote access Trojan environments. A couple of months ago they arrested over 100 persons as they were using the Blackshades RAT.