Courtesy of Peter Dejong/Associated Press Rob Wainwright of Europol. The criminals used malware to extort money. Courtesy of Peter Dejong/Associated Press

Europol, the European police agency, has said that it had dismantled one of the most efficient cybercrime organizations to date, led by Russians who had managed to extort millions of euros from online users across more than 30 countries — mostly European — by persuading them to pay spurious police fines for abusive use of the Internet.

The Russian head of the crime network was arrested in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in December. This month, the Spanish police arrested 10 other people — six Russians, two Ukrainians and two Georgians — along the Costa del Sol, a popular vacation destination in southern Spain, where the criminals are believed to have had their main base of operations.

The search continues, however, for other possible cells operated by the criminal network outside of Europe, investigators said.

Cybercrime Network Based in Spain is Broken Up | DFI News.

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