Europol has arrested 118 people in a crackdown on cyber crooks using stolen credit card details to book airline tickets, as part of a coordinated action that took place at 80 airports.
The international agency worked with airlines and card companies, including Visa, Mastercard and American Express, as part of its Global Airline Action plans, which saw 118 people arrested from around the world.
Europol director Rob Wainwright touted the arrested as an example of how close cooperation between organisations can result in major successes.
"This operation is another example of law enforcement and the private sector working seamlessly together to prevent and fight cybercrime, this time identity theft and credit card fraud," he said.
"Europol's European Cybercrime Centre will continue to invest heavily in conducting similar operations and other activities that will make life harder for cyber criminals."
The airline and travel industry suffers losses of over $1bn annually from fraudulent transactions, according to Europol figures, while consumers face increasingly sophisticated criminal gangs.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, European commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship, welcomed the Europol raids and its fight against online crime.
"This major step, taken on a European and global scale, links all key stakeholders to solve problems in one of the most affected areas of cybercrime. Our aim is to act in concert to protect our societies and citizens," he said.
"Cybercrime is becoming a 'service' that organised crime groups buy and use, so we have to be ready and boost the capacity of our law enforcement agencies to act effectively."
The arrests show how credit card data is used by crooks, with numerous incidents in 2014 targeting major corporations that have huge reams of financial data on citizens.
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