The INTERPOL-led investigation into the ’16shop’ phishing-as-a-service platform has resulted in the arrests of three people in Indonesia, Japan, and the United States.

The platform sold ‘phishing kits’ to hackers who used them to steal victims’ personal information, such as credit card numbers and passwords.

Phishing is the most prevalent cyber threat in the world, and it is estimated that up to 90% of data breaches are linked to successful phishing attacks. The INTERPOL cybercrime directorate works with law enforcement and industry to gather intelligence and stop cybercrime. In this case, the cooperation between INTERPOL, national law enforcement, and private sector partners was essential to the success of the investigation.

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“Cyberattacks such as phishing may be borderless and virtual in nature, but their impact on victims is real and devastating.”

Bernardo Pillot, INTERPOL’s Assistant Director of Cybercrime Operations

The arrests are a significant step in the fight against phishing, but it is important to remember that this is a constantly evolving threat. Individuals and organizations should be aware of the risks of phishing and take steps to protect themselves, such as being careful about clicking on links in emails from unknown senders and using strong passwords.

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