Kaspersky and INTERPOL Join Forces to Disrupt Transnational Cybercrime Networks in Operation Synergia

Kaspersky collaborates with INTERPOL in Operation Synergia, leading to the dismantling of transnational cybercrime networks through collective efforts and intelligence sharing, underscoring the importance of partnerships in combating evolving cyber threats.

6 February 2024 – Kaspersky, a global cybersecurity leader, has played a pivotal role in the fight against transnational cybercrime by participating in operation Synergia alongside INTERPOL and its Gateway project partners. This collaborative initiative, spanning over 50 INTERPOL member states, aimed to disrupt malicious infrastructure associated with phishing, malware, and ransomware attacks, showcasing the power of collective efforts in combating evolving cyber threats.

During the three-month operation (September-November 2023), INTERPOL facilitated cyber intelligence exchanges among law enforcement agencies and private partners, resulting in the creation of more than 60 Cyber Activity Reports. Kaspersky supported the operation by providing data on malicious infrastructure identified worldwide, leveraging its extensive expertise and continuously updated threat intelligence from Kaspersky Threat Intelligence.

As a result of the joint effort, approximately 1,300 suspicious servers linked to various cybercrimes were identified, leading to actions taken on 70% of these malicious servers and the apprehension of suspected perpetrators across multiple states.

Operation Synergia Highlights:

  • Authorities detained 31 individuals and identified 70 additional suspects.
  • Most of the command-and-control (C2) servers dismantled were located in Europe, resulting in the arrest of 26 individuals.
  • Hong Kong and Singapore Police dismantled 153 and 86 servers, respectively.
  • South Sudan and Zimbabwe reported significant takedowns on the African continent, leading to the arrest of four suspects.
  • Bolivia mobilized public authorities to identify malware and vulnerabilities.
  • Kuwait collaborated with internet service providers to identify victims, conduct field investigations, and provide technical guidance for mitigation.

Bernardo Pillot, Assistant Director of INTERPOL Cybercrime Directorate, emphasized the collective efforts of multiple countries and partners in safeguarding the digital space. He highlighted the operation’s success in dismantling infrastructure behind cyberattacks, contributing to a safer online experience.

Yuliya Shlychkova, Vice-President of Public Affairs at Kaspersky, highlighted the effectiveness of INTERPOL’s operations in combating cross-border cyber offenses. She emphasized the importance of partnership between cybersecurity firms and international law enforcement agencies in promoting a comprehensive response to cybercrime, enhancing overall security efforts, and safeguarding individuals, businesses, and society.

Author: Terry KS

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