A Ukrainian man sought by the Spanish National Police for his involvement in a scareware operation that lasted from 2006 to 2011 was captured. Through the use of misleading pop-up notifications, the operation infected hundreds of thousands of PCs with dangerous software while tricking consumers into believing that their machines were compromised.
The victims were forced to pay $129 for a phony security product that was advertised as an antivirus solution to rid their devices of the purported infection. With more than $70 million in customer losses and victims worldwide, the scam had a significant negative effect.
Catch and Collaborate: Scareware Suspect Apprehended
The suspect was apprehended by Spanish officials on June 11 at Barcelona-El Prat Airport upon his arrival. With assistance from the FBI and INTERPOL, the investigation was conducted by detectives from the General Information Police Station and others.
The United States’ Interpol Red Notice helped lead to the arrest, demonstrating how nations may work together to catch criminals. An Interpol Red Notice calls on law enforcement authorities all around the world to find and detain the person in question in order to consider extradition or other legal options.
Before being caught in Spain, the suspect had managed to evade American investigators for more than ten years. Due to the seriousness of the allegations, he was hauled before the Central Investigating Court number Six of the Spanish National Court after his arrest and taken into jail.
40 individuals who were involved in all the offenses were apprehended by Spanish police in May after they uncovered a sizable phishing operation linked to a gang. They targeted nearly 300,000 people with their phishing attempt, which has been proven to have caused losses of at least €700,000 (about $770,000).
A 36-year-old scareware man was previously apprehended by Ukrainian cyber police for providing Russian groups with sensitive information on more than 300 million people living in Ukraine and the EU.