Europol Breaks Up Russian-Led Internet Fraud Gang
- Feb. 15 2013 00:00
- Last edited 20:39
MADRID — A network of online fraudsters who masqueraded as European crime-fighting agency Europol and collected millions of euros in fake fines was broken up — by Europol.
The group, which was led by a 27-year-old Russian citizen and worked across 30 countries over the past two years, paralyzed computers with a virus and left messages purporting to be from organizations like Europol and the police. They said users could regain access to their machines only if they paid a fine.
"It's impossible to know for sure how many citizens were affected by this, but we estimate hundreds of thousands of Europeans were," Europol director Rob Wainwright said at a news conference in Madrid on Wednesday.