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.

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
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 identified 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.

Read about Operation Strikeback I

A follow-up Operation Strikeback II by the Philippines National Police in August 2015 led to the arrest of an additional eight suspects accused of running a sextortion ring in the country. The operation was supported by the INTERPOL Digital Crime Centre, the Hong Kong Police Force and the Singapore Police Force.

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