Europol coordinated police forces around the world in the single biggest crackdown on electronic crime on Thursday.
The police raid stretched across 25 states and 39 premises from Australia to Belize. The operation was the culmination of a four-year surveillance operation against a criminal network with victims in 180 states and territories around the world.
At the end of the day, 37 servers had been seized, 221 shut down, and over 800,000 domains blocked.
The criminal network known as Avalanche was a global transnational network responsible for infected with malware computers around the world. The group specialized on malware campaigns, data theft, and denial of service sabotage (DDoS). The network has caused millions in damages, orchestrating cyberattacks against banks.
The five top bosses of the network were arrested and over six million euros were confiscated. A Europol statement to AFP said Avalanche had a corporate structure with specialized centers of operations. The organization is now considered “neutralized.”