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Big blow on cybercrime by UK and EUROPOL

Big Blow On Cybercrime By UK And EUROPOL

The RAT Luminosity Link is no more available thanks to a major operation coordinated by UK and Europol

Big blow on cybercrime by UK and EUROPOL. A hacking tool allowing cybercriminals to remotely and surreptitiously gain complete control over a victim’s computer is no longer available. This is as a result of an UK-led operation, targeting hackers linked to the Remote Access Trojan (RAT) Luminosity Link. Coordinated by the UK National Crime Agency with the support of Europol, this operation saw the involvement of over a dozen law enforcement agencies in Europe, Australia and North America. Once installed upon a victim’s computer, a user of the Luminosity Link RAT was free to access and view documents, photographs and other files. Moreover he could record all the keystrokes entered and even activate the webcam on victim’s computer. Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) supported the countries in their efforts to identify EU citizens, by providing analytical support and facilitating information exchange in the framework of the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce.

Cybercrime supported the distribution and use of the RAT across 78 countries. It was sold for 40.00 Euros and required little technical knowledge to be deployed

The investigation on cybercrime, coordinated by UK and EUROPOL, uncovered a network of individuals who supported the distribution and use of the RAT across 78 countries. They sold it to more than 8.600 buyers via a website, dedicated to hacking and the use of criminal malware. Luminosity Link cost as little as 40 Euros and required little technical knowledge to be deployed. So everyone could launch it and create damages. Victims are believed to be in the thousands. Investigators having already identified evidence of stolen personal details, passwords, private photographs, video footage and data. Forensic analysis on the large number of computers and internet accounts seized continues. “Through such strong, coordinated actions across national boundaries, criminals across the world are finding out that committing crimes remotely offers no protection from arrests”, stated Steven Wilson, Head of Europol’s EC3.

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