Five Dutch Nationals Arrested in International Cybercrime Crackdown

Dutch police arrest 5 in major international crackdown on cybercrime-as-a-service network that defrauded victims in 18 countries, highlighting need for global cooperation to combat evolving cyber threats.

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Five Dutch Nationals Arrested in International Cybercrime Crackdown

Five Dutch Nationals Arrested in International Cybercrime Crackdown

In a significant international operation targeting the LabHost network, an internet platform used by over 2,000 criminals to defraud victims in 18 countries, five Dutch nationals have been arrested. The network sold fake websites, such as banks or government institutions, which were then used to con people into entering their personal data.

By early 2024, more than 40,000 phishing sites had been created, and 2,000 users were registered, paying a monthly subscription fee of €250 to €350. The criminals were able to obtain information about 500,000 credit cards and 1.2 million passwords, earning over €1 million since the network's creation in 2021.

Why this matters: The rise of cybercrime-as-a-service has become a rapidly growing business model, with criminals selling tools and expertise to other cybercriminals. This international operation highlights the need for increased global cooperation to combat the evolving threat of cybercrime and protect citizens from fraud.

In total, 37 people were arrested worldwide, including the five Dutch suspects from Leeuwarden, Papendrechgt, Woudenberg and Veuten, aged between 21 and 36 years old. Dutch police searched six homes and found 57 computers, phones and laptops, over 100 SIM cards, and five firearms.

Europol stated that cybercrime-as-a-service has become a rapidly growing business model, with criminals selling tools and expertise to other cybercriminals. This operation demonstrates the importance of international collaboration in tackling the global threat of cybercrime.

The five Dutch nationals arrested in this operation were part of a larger international network of cybercriminals who used the LabHost platform to create and sell fake websites to defraud victims. The seizure of numerous electronic devices and firearms during the police searches in the Netherlands underscores the scale and sophistication of this criminal enterprise.

Key Takeaways

  • 5 Dutch nationals arrested in international operation targeting LabHost cybercrime network.
  • LabHost sold fake websites used to defraud over 500,000 victims in 18 countries.
  • Cybercrime-as-a-service is a rapidly growing business model, requiring global cooperation to combat.
  • 37 people arrested worldwide, with 57 computers, 100+ SIM cards, and 5 firearms seized in the Netherlands.
  • Europol emphasizes the importance of international collaboration in tackling the global threat of cybercrime.