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Operations

At INTERPOL, we support national police in tactical deployments in the field, aimed at breaking up the criminal networks behind different types of cybercrime and technology-enabled crimes.

Operation Strikeback

Nearly 60 people were arrested in an operation targeting the organized crime networks behind ‘sextortion’ cases around the world. The arrests included three men linked to the group which harassed a Scottish teenager who later died after jumping off a bridge in July 2013. 'Sextortion' is often defined as sexual blackmail in which sexual information or images are used to extort sexual favours and/or money from the victim.

Dates: 30 April - 1 May 2014
 
Participating countries: Hong Kong (China), Philippines, Singapore

Results:

  • 58 individuals arrested;
  • 250 pieces of electronic evidence seized, including mobile phones, laptops, network and storage devices as well as live ammunition;
  • Victims of 'sextortion' were indentified in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. Potential victims were also traced to Australia, Korea and Malaysia in addition to the hundreds of individuals in Hong Kong and Singapore already reported as victims.

Operation Unmask

An international operation supported by INTERPOL was carried out against individuals believed to be linked to the so-called ‘Anonymous’ hacking group. The operation followed a series of coordinated cyber-attacks against the Colombian Ministry of Defence and presidential websites, as well as Chile’s Endesa electricity company and its National Library, among others.

Dates: February to March 2012

Participating countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain, and later the Dominican Republic

Results:

  • 47 house searches in 19 cities in five countries;
  • 34 persons of interest identified and/or arrested;
  • IT equipment, mobile phones and payment cards seized.