UK Police have arrested 57 cyber crime suspects in the past week in 25 separate operations.
The operations were coordinated by the National Crime Agency in partnership with industry watchdogs and government. The arrests relate to a range of online crimes, including network intrusion and data theft from multi-national companies and government agencies, DDoS attacks, cyber enabled fraud and malware development.
Those arrested included a 22-year-old man from Marlborough on suspicion of developing and distributing malware, a 25-year-old man from North London on suspicion of deploying malware against banks resulting in financial losses, and an 18-year-old man in Watford on developing and administering the Titanium and Avenger stressor tools that have been used in DDoS attacks on public sector websites. Two men in South London were also arrested relating to the theft of valuable intellectual property from a London financial company.
The operation took place across England, Wales and Scotland and saw officers deployed from the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit, Regional Organised Crime Units and the Metropolitan Police.
Deputy Director of the NCCU Andy Archibald said: "The 56 arrests around the country this week are a result of the essential partnership activity with law enforcement, industry and government that is at the heart of fighting cyber crime.
"Criminals need to realise that committing crime online will not make them anonymous to law enforcement. We are continuously working to track down and apprehend those seeking to utilise computers for criminal ends, and to disrupt the technical networks and infrastructures supporting international cyber crime."
Archibald has said it is "imperative" for police to work with partners to pursue and disrupt major crime groups targeting the UK and make sure people are aware of the risks of cyber crime.
The NCA is urging UK citizens to stay up to date with online safety, get malware clean up tools at the CyberStreetwise and Get Safe Online sites, and report online crime at Action Fraud.
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