Avalanche Cybercriminal Infrastructure Takedown

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Congratulations to the multinational government agencies involved in the takedown of the Avalanche cybercriminal infrastructure! The U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, Europol, German Police, and others from over 40 countries were involved in disrupting one of the largest support structures for malware, digital money laundering, and Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks. Searches, seizures, and arrests in four countries were conducted to dismantle the sophisticated network of people and technology.

Burying Malware

The Avalanche group has been very active for many years. Back in 2010 it was known for its phishing activities and involvement with various Zeus banking trojan malware variants.

This takedown will have a cascading impact to cybercriminals who have relied on its capabilities. It will likely result in a reduced amount of activity until such time as criminals can replace or rebuild these functions. It is a greatly appreciated reprieve. The absence of money laundering services will also be a painful hit to many criminal groups. With Avalanche down or at the very least impacted, it will force changes on behalf of the criminals it serviced. Those deviations represent opportunities for law enforcement’s future actions.

Hidden Benefits

A job well done by the multinational team who cooperated to bring down this malignant structure supporting cybercriminals impacting people, governments, and businesses across the globe. Keep up the good work!


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