Investigators stop network of cyber criminals

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Criminals were able to disguise their identity on the Internet via a network – now European servers have been able to switch off 15 servers in a total of ten countries.

According to Europol, European investigators have stopped a major cybercrime network. In ten countries, 15 servers have been switched off, which would have ensured the anonymity of criminals on the Internet, Europol announced on Tuesday in The Hague.

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Criminals used the infrastructure of the VPNLab.net service for serious cyber crimes. VPN (virtual private network) offers users the opportunity to communicate with each other – without outsiders having a look. But criminals also use this service to avoid leaving any traces on the Internet.

The action was led by the Hanover Police Department and took place on Monday. The FBI in the USA and investigators in Great Britain and Ukraine were also involved.

According to Europol, VPNLab.net has existed since 2008. The service was “particularly popular with cybercriminals,” Europol said, because it also offered a dual VPN with servers in multiple countries. “They could use the services to commit their crimes without fear of being discovered by the authorities.”

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The provider was targeted by investigators when investigating various cases. For example, perpetrators had used the services of VPNLab.net to distribute malicious software. Europol estimates that several serious cyber attacks could be prevented.





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