Europol has taken down an Asian criminal network believed to have stolen roughly 15,000 credit card numbers.
The takedown was part of a co-ordinated operation involving Europol, the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and local Finnish law enforcement.
"Finnish law enforcement authorities, working closely with the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, have dismantled an Asian criminal network responsible for illegal internet transactions and purchasing of airline tickets," Europol's said.
"As a result of this successful operation, two members of the criminal gang, traveling on false documents, were arrested at Helsinki airport. In addition, around 15 000 compromised credit card numbers were found on the criminals' seized computers."
The gang had reportedly made over €70,000 in Europe by making illegal internet transactions with stolen credit cards.
Europol said that forensic examination of the gang's confiscated computers suggest the crooks were mounting further scams outside of Europe.
Head of EC3, Troels Oerting, praised the operation citing it as proof that cross collaboration between countries law enforcement can help reduce cybercrime in the region.
"In this case, the commitment of the Finnish Border Guard and National Police, coupled with the close international cooperation facilitated by Europol's EC3, has been crucial for investigating this sophisticated scam," said Oerting
"As the central point in Europe for tackling cybercrime, EC3 will continue to proactively support other investigations of this nature."
The takedown follows widespread calls for more cross collaboration between law enforcement, government and private industry in the fight against cyber crime.
Prior to it the European Commission pledged to implement several new laws and measures to help facilitate cyber attack data sharing within the region as a part of its new cyber strategy.
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