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Soca heralds Operation Card Shop as key cybercrime victory

27 Jun 2012

The UK's Serious Organised Crimes Agency (Soca) has used its involvement in the FBI-led Operation Card Shop as a warning to online criminals of its hardline stance on cybercrime.

The operation led to 24 arrests, six of which were within the UK. Soca's head of cyber crime, Lee Miles, claimed that arrests will help deter future criminals from creating similar fraud schemes.

"Soca continues to work with partners in the UK and abroad to protect the public from internet-enabled organised crime," said Miles.

"Anyone tempted to involve themselves in this kind of activity should be aware that they risk a knock at the door, which in turn could lead to a prison sentence."

The arrests were the culmination of an operation set up by the FBI in 2010. The operation targeted users of the forum, a website used by online criminals to discuss the trade of credit card details and compromised personal information.

At the time the arrests occurred the site reportedly had 2,000 registered members. Soca has since stated that it has continued to monitor UK users of the site and is actively working to deter them from future illegal activity.

"Soca has additionally conducted a programme of pre-emptive activity against a number of individuals demonstrating an interest in cybercrime by registering on the site. They have been warned against further involvement in this type of forum," read the agency's statement.

Outside of the UK further arrests were made in the US, Australia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Germany and Norway.

The takedown follows warnings from Microsoft and F-Secure that cyber criminals are developing increasingly effective business practices.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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