Two Romanian suspects have been arrested yesterday for allegedly running the CyberSeal and Dataprotector crypting services to evade antivirus software detection, writes Europol.
These services have been purchased by more than 1560 criminals and used for crypting several different type of malware, including Remote Access Trojans, information stealers and ransomware.This operation was led by the Romanian Police (Poliția Română) together with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Norwegian National Criminal Investigation Service (Kripos) and Europol. It was carried out in the framework of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT). Their clients paid between US$40 to US$300 for these crypting services, depending on licence conditions.
Their service activity was well structured and offered regular updates and customer support to the clients.The criminals also offered a Counter Antivirus platform allowing criminals to test their malware samples against antivirus software until the malware becomes fully undetectable (FUD). The prices for this service varied between US$7 to US$40.Headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, we support the 27 EU Member States in their fight against terrorism, cybercrime and other serious and organised forms of crime.
We also work with many non-EU partner states and international organisations. From its various threat assessments to its intelligence-gathering and operational activities, Europol has the tools and resources it needs to do its part in making Europe safer..
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