As part of an international crackdown on cyber crime, UK police have made four arrests on criminals who use malware tools to hijack computers and steal data.
The UK raids were led by the National Crime Agency and involved officers from a number of police Regional Crime Units. The operation focused on the threat posed by tools known as Remote Access Trojans and was coordinated through Europol.
In the UK, two 33 year-old men were arrested, along with a 30 year-old woman.
The NCA said that in addition to arresting people believed to be using Remote Access Trojans, police use a variety of approaches to warn individuals that any movement into cyber criminal activity will result in further action.
Cyber criminals typically use remote access Trojans to gain control over target computers, allowing them to turn webcams on and off, access banking and other personal information and download new and illegal content.
Victims are typically infected by being convinced to click on a link disguised as a legitimate file, but is instead an installer for the remote access Trojan.
Andy Archibald, deputy director of the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit said: "The illegal use of remote access trojans is a significant cyber crime threat, demanding this kind of strong, co-ordinated response from international to local UK level.
"Suspected users of remote access trojans are continuing to find that, despite having no physical contact or interaction with their victims, they can still be identified, tracked down and arrested by the NCA and its partners."
Archibald believes the operation demonstrated that all of UK law enforcement is working to respond effectively to cyber crime.
Andy added: "Together we will continue to collaboratively target those who use technology to misuse other people's devices, steal their money or unlawfully access confidential information.
"Anyone who is tempted to get involved in this type of crime should understand that it can result in prison time, and substantial restrictions on your life afterwards."
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