The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has touted its success over the last 12 months in tackling cybercrime in its annual report to the government.
The seventh and final annual report from Soca, ahead of the organisation being subsumed into the National Crime Agency (NCA) later this year, outlines several areas in which the organisation has helped tackle cyber threats
“SOCA’s activity on cyber crime this year focused on enhancing its own capabilities to tackle cyber and technology-enabled crime and deploying these capabilities to cause maximum disruption to those who engage in this activity,” it said in the Soca Annual Report and Accounts 2012/13.
This included the deployment of cyber liaison officers in key locations overseas, which has led to new and improved partnerships, better leverage, increased intelligence-sharing and more effective operational responses.
The success of these partnerships was evident in several takedowns, Soca said. “A joint investigation into an individual believed to be laundering up to £1 million online led to two arrests for money laundering and cyber-related fraud offences,” it said.
“As part of a global ‘day of action’ 36 website domains used to sell compromised credit card data and data from 26 e-commerce type platforms known as AVCs [Automated Vending Carts] were seized by the US Department of Justice working with SOCA.
"The AVCs allowed criminals to sell large quantities of stolen data quickly and easily. Visitors trying to access these sites were directed to a page indicating that the web domain was under the control of law enforcement."
The work undertaken by Soca was praised by home secretary Theresa May in her letter prefacing the report: “[Soca] has also made significant inroads in tackling cybercrime, human trafficking and fraud,” she said.
High-profile cases Soca has been involved in over the past year or more include working with the FBI and Facebook to disrupt the infamous Butterfly botnet that has been used to steal almost $1bn. It also helped secure lengthy convictions totalling 21 years for three men who ran a phishing scam worth millions.
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