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Soca steps up action on stolen card data websites

21 Feb 2013

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has warned criminals it is stepping up its campaign to clampdown on websites selling stolen bank card data and engaging in other nefarious activities.

In an update on its operations, the government agency said it had targeted thousands of websites and co-ordinated a number of arrested while working alongside other organisations, in the fight against online crime.

Soca also said it had contacted individuals who it believed were considering involvement in illegal activities to warn them of the consequences of their actions.

" is an internet forum which facilitates criminal activity such as the buying and selling of stolen payment card data," reads one such threat, listed on the Soca website.

"You accessed this website, which is a website created solely for the purposes of fraud. SOCA can track, monitor and investigate users of this forum. SOCA and its international partners work globally to combat cyber crime and target those individuals who use criminal forums."

V3 asked Soca for more information on it work, such as the number of arrests made and sites targeted, but had received no information at the time of publication.

Soca's crackdown on illegal activities has seen some notable successes in recent months with the organisation helping the FBI crack a global crime ring responsible for a $850m botnet. This included the arrest of a man from Surrey.

It also arrested three men believed to have been responsible for a mass phishing campaign as part of a joint campaign with the Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU).

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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