20 alleged gang members arrested …

20 alleged gang members arrested …

20 alleged members of the QQAAZZ group have been arrested. They are associated with a Russian rapper who laundered money through cryptocurrencies

Law enforcement officers from Europe, the USA and Australia conducted a special operation, during which 20 people were arrested, allegedly members of the QQAAZZ criminal group. Previously, her name appeared in connection with the case of Russian rapper Maxim Boyko, who was arrested in April by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on charges of money laundering through cryptocurrencies..

According to a publication on the Europol website, QQAAZZ “laundered or attempted to launder” tens of millions of euros in the interests of their cybercriminal clients. The search for clients was carried out using the Internet, and cryptocurrencies were one of the tools for money laundering, the department notes.

As part of an “unprecedented international law enforcement operation”, about 40 addresses in Latvia, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Spain and Italy were searched. The most active role was played by the Latvian police. Also, equipment for bitcoin mining was seized in Bulgaria.

According to Europol, QQAAZZ used hundreds of corporate and personal bank accounts to get money from cybercriminals from victims’ accounts. They were then transferred to other accounts and sometimes converted to cryptocurrencies using mixers. QQAAZZ took payment in the amount of up to 50% of the amount laundered.

20 alleged members of the group were arrested ...

QQAAZZ promoted their services on Russian-language cybercrime forums, positioning themselves as a “global service of bank drops”. They were used by some of the largest malware distributors including Dridex, Trickbot and GozNym..

“Cybercriminals are constantly discovering new opportunities to abuse technological and financial paradigms in order to launch attacks on millions of users from anywhere in the world. Today’s operation shows that with proper cooperation of law enforcement agencies at the international level, we can turn the situation against these criminals and bring them to justice, ”said the head of the European Cybercrime Center Edwardas Šileris..

20 alleged gang members arrested ...
20 alleged gang members arrested ...

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