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US News: cybercrime. 1,000 arrests and $ 27 million seized by Interpol

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INTERPOL announced Friday, November 26, the arrest of a thousand suspects and the seizure of $ 27 million as part of a global cyber crime operation.

A thousand suspects were arrested and $ 27 million seized as part of a broad operation of Cyber ​​Crime conducted on all continents by Interpol, announced Friday, November 26 the International Organization for Cooperation policewoman.

Operation called "Haechi-II" took place between June and September 2021 and revealed that "transnational organized criminal groups used the Internet to subtract millions of dollars from their victims before reverse on bank accounts. throughout the world ».

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2 350 bank accounts seized

in total, 1,003 people have been arrested, 2,350 bank accounts seized and more than 50 records issued, aiming for facts of the usurpation of identity, fraudulent investment and money laundering in Link with illegal bets, says Interpol in a statement.

"We are far from ideas received in terms of online fraud, which would fall under a small-scale crime" , emphasizes the organization, which says it tested "successfully" on this occasion a protocol to Prevent payments.

Interpol thus cites the example of a major Colombian textile company whose leader was usurped his email, with a view to transferring $ 16 million to two Chinese bank accounts. Half of this amount had already been transferred when fraud was discovered.

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Seizures, the Colombian judicial authorities then quickly contacted the Interpol office in Bogota and, thanks to the cooperation between the offices of Beijing, Bogota and Hong Kong, the transferred funds were frozen. A total of 94% of the amount were intercepted "in record time, saving the bankruptcy company" , according to Interpol.

Online financial crime does not weaken

"stop along the way financial crimes online, before the money disappears in the pockets of those who will transfer it is a race against the watch" , said the CEO of the Colombian police, Jorge Luis Vargas Valencia cited in the press release.

The Colombian record also allowed the updating of a malicious mobile application called "Squid Game", named the South Korean series broadcast on Netflix , proving to be a virus allowing once downloaded from hacking the Banking information of the user and pay "premium" services without its agreement.

Operation Haechi-II showed that "the thrust of online financial crime born from the CVIV-19 pandemic shows no shortness of breaths" , observes on its side Jürgen Stock, Interpol Secretary General .

The budget of the organization that brings together 195 countries is 145 million euros in 2021.

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