Cybercriminals were Detained Across Africa

INTERPOL reported on Friday that 14 alleged cybercriminals had been apprehended as a result of a concerted law enforcement operation spanning 25 African nations.

Detectives were able to locate 20,674 cyber networks that were connected to monetary losses of over forty million US dollars due to the exercise, which was carried out in collaboration with AFRIPOL.

“The 4-month Africa Cyber Surge II operation began in April 2023 with an emphasis on discovering cybercriminals and affected infrastructure,” the organization added.

Three individuals were detained in Cameroon as part of the investigation in relation to an internet fraud involving the false sale of works of art valued at $850,000.  In Nigeria, another defendant was detained for scamming a Gambian victim.

Two money mules connected to schemes carried out through messaging services were also apprehended.

3,786 command-and-control (C2) servers, 14,134 victim IP addresses linked to information stealer infections, 1,415 phishing links and domains, 939 scam IP addresses, and more than 400 malicious URLs, IPs, and botnets made up the cyber networks.  Additionally, two darknet websites were also taken down.

One of the implicated private sector partners, Group-IB, claimed to have located domains, URLs, and server IP addresses that were utilized in phishing and malware assaults.

The success of the Africa Cyber Surge operation, which was started in July 2022 to battle cybercrime and find vulnerable infrastructure across the continent, is built upon by this most recent breakthrough.

The initial iteration led to the deactivation of over 200,000 units of malicious infrastructure, the arrest of 11 people, and the destruction of an Eritrean dark web market that sold software for hacking and cybercrime-as-a-service (CaaS) products.

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Yogesh Naager is a content marketer that specializes in the cybersecurity and B2B space.  Besides writing for the News4Hackers blog, he’s also written for brands including CollegeDunia, Utsav Fashion, and NASSCOM.  Naager entered the field of content in an unusual way.  He began his career as an insurance sales executive, where he developed an interest in simplifying difficult concepts.  He also combines this interest with a love of narrative, which makes him a good writer in the cybersecurity field.  In the bottom line, he frequently writes for Craw Security.

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