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Europol arrests six in counter antivirus crackdown


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A coordinated cybercrime crackdown in six European nations last week ended with the arrest of six people suspected of buying counter anti-virus and crypter services. These cybercriminal tools are typically used to thwart antimalware solutions’ detection mechanisms by testing and clouding of malware samples.

The operation, codenamed Neuland, took place between June 5 and June 9 and swept Germany, Cyprus, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Led by Germany’s Kriminalinspektion Mayen, the action was aided by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT).

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