Migration and Home Affairs

European Cybercrime Centre at Europol supports international action against sophisticated malware

On Friday, 30 May 2014, law enforcement agencies from across the world, supported by the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, joined forces in a coordinated action led by the FBI which ensured the disruption of the Gameover Zeus botnet and the seizure of computer servers crucial to the malicious software known as CryptoLocker.

Besides US authorities, investigators from Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Germany, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Ukraine and the United Kingdom participated in the operation, with crucial support delivered by industry partners to prevent the malware re-installing itself after it had been removed from the victims' computers. On the action day, EC3 activated its operational centre where representatives from the various countries worked shoulder to shoulder with Europol officials towards a successful outcome.

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Monday, 2 June, 2014