At a glance.
- INTERPOL takes down Black Axe.
- Europol announces arrests in keyless car hacking case.
- Mobilizing DDoS-as-a-service.
- Update on Russian cyberattacks against Bulgarian government targets.
- Spyder Loader active in Hong Kong.
- Intelligence report: phishing trends.
INTERPOL takes down Black Axe.
An Interpol-led operation has resulted in the arrests of 75 alleged members of the Africa-based Black Axe crime organization, the Register reports. Two of the suspects arrested in South Africa are accused of stealing $1.8 million through online scams: “Codenamed Operation Jackal, the joint law enforcement effort mobilized 14 countries across four continents in a targeted strike against Black Axe and related West-African organized crime groups.” INTERPOL regards the operation as a major strike against transnational cybercrime.“Operation Jackal marks the first time INTERPOL has coordinated a global operation specifically against Black Axe, which is rapidly becoming a major security threat worldwide. Black Axe and similar groups are responsible for the majority of the world’s cyber-enabled financial fraud as well as many other serious crimes, according to evidence analyzed by INTERPOL’s Financial Crime and Anti-Corruption Centre (IFCACC) and national law enforcement.” For more on the Black Axe takedown, see CyberWire Pro.