International operation targets malicious software users

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Montréal: Last week, the Quebec RCMP Integrated Technological Crime Unit (ITCU) participated in a major international criminal operation. The investigation initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and coordinated by Eurojust External link, Opens in a new window targeted computer hackers who used a malicious software (malware) to create botnets, i.e. groups of infected computers that can be remotely controlled.

Last May 13 and 14, a large-scale, coordinated takedown took place in 16 countries.  More than 350 house searches were carried out and 97 people were arrested.  The investigators acted quickly to keep the number of victims to a minimum.  All the evidence now has to be examined. The investigation is ongoing and could lead to more arrests and charges.

“Cybercrime has no boundary”, explains Chief Superintendent Jeff Adam, Director General, Technical Investigative Services. “This type of investigation is part of Canadian efforts to address pure computer crime activities affecting the Canadian public and infrastructure. Continuously researching new technologies and trends, we work in close collaboration with our partners, domestic as well as international, to protect Canadians.”