The 12 people detained, mainly either still in their teens or early 20s, were accused of using remote access Trojans that can run undetected on systems and spy on victims computers
The European police agency Europol said Monday it has backed national forces in a two-week crackdown on cybercrime mostly by tech-savvy youngsters, leading to 12 arrests in France, Norway and Romania.
Nine police took part in the operation launched at the start of December, which led to a number of house searches as well as the seizure of several computers and Internet accounts.
Europol’s deputy director Wil van Gemert said “crimes committed online remain an urgent and increasing challenge” so police “have to join forces across borders … to protect the users and prevent young individuals from pursuing a criminal path.”
The 12 people detained, mainly either still in their teens or early 20s, were accused of using remote access Trojans that can run undetected on systems and spy on victims computers.
Such malware can scoop up personal data such as passwords or credit card information on infected systems. It can also enable hackers to operate the computer’s webcam from a distance.
Those arrested in Romania were suspected of trying to carry out cyberattacks on US companies based in the country.
A Europol spokeswoman told AFP “it seems unlikely that the detained individuals were part of the same organisation.”
“The scale of the activities has been diverse, however the exact scale will become clear during the next…