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…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.