Five Arrested In UK Cybercrime Raids

Four men and one woman aged between 29 and 53 have been arrested in connection with a cybercrime that attacked UK businesses using malware. This operation focused on sophisticated cyber criminals, their gangs and network involved in the deployment of malware and associated fraudulent methods targeting businesses and organisations across the UK. 

The Metropolitan Police detained them during one raid in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and three in Birmingham on Wednesday 30th January.

The suspects were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud businesses and organisations, and money laundering.
The Met worked with the National Crime Agency and European Cybercrime Centre on the case. It said:

"The operation targeted high-level cyber criminals and their criminal network involved in the deployment of malware and associated fraudulent methods targeting businesses and organisations across the UK."

Forensic analysis will now take place on devices seized during the raids. Det Chief Insp Louise Shea who works for the Met’s Cyber Crime said:

"This investigation has identified complex and sophisticated methods employed by an organised criminal network to target the cyber security of businesses across the UK."

“The Met has worked closely with colleagues from the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) and the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) during this protracted investigation, and we are pleased we have achieved this significant disruption to the activities of this OCN.

“Our officers work day and night to identify and arrest cyber criminals. This should send a clear message to those considering carrying out any form of cybercrime that we have the tools and methods to find you and arrest you.”

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