An INTERPOL-coordinated operation in Southeast Asia has led to a massive reduction in cryptojacking.
INTERPOL discovered a global cryptojacking campaign which was exploiting a vulnerability within MikroTik routers.
After identifying cryptojacking as becoming an emerging threat in the countries of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region, Operation Goldfish Alpha was launched in June 2019.
Over 20,000 hacked routers were identified in the ASEAN region at the time, which accounted for 18% of infections globally.
During the operation, cybercrime investigators and experts from 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) worked together to identify infected routers. In addition, they alerted victims and patched the devices.
“When the operation concluded in late November, the number of infected devices had been reduced by 78 per cent,” said INTERPOL in a press release. “Efforts to remove the infections from the remaining devices continue.”
INTERPOL’s press release added that private sector partners including Trend Micro and Cyber Defense Institute, supported the operation by sharing information on cryptojacking cases.
“When faced with emerging cybercrimes like cryptojacking, the importance of strong partnerships between police and the cybersecurity industry cannot be overstated,” said INTERPOL’s Director of Cybercrime, Craig Jones.
“By combining the expertise and data on cyberthreats held by the private sector with the investigative capabilities of law enforcement, we can best protect our communities from all forms of cybercrime,” concluded Mr Jones.
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