Successes in cybercrime fight highlighted in SOCA report

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Last week the UK’s SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) published its annual report examining its last year’s worth of operations, tackling everything from international trade in Class A drugs to those behind “letters from Nigeria” and other fraudulent scams.

The report includes a number of brief case studies about successes that SOCA has had in the last year. E-Crime, of course, is only a small part of what SOCA does, but the report does highlight their success in thwarting the UK’s largest ever attempted bank theft, where a gang secretly recorded usernames and passwords from the employees of the Sumitomo Matsui bank in London. If the heist had been successful, the criminals could have stolen £229 million.

In addition, the UK assisted the FBI in an undercover operation against the DarkMarket underground internet forum, where thousands of identify thieves, hackers and identity…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.