Police charged the QQAAZZ group for working with Cybercriminals around the globe to wash cash taken from victims of computer fraud in the United States and worldwide.
The law operation was conducted in 16 nations leading to the arrest of 20 individuals believed to be part of the QQAAZZ criminal network.
Multinational Criminal Organization
In October 2019 five defendants were charged, one defendant charged in late March 2020 and 14 other defendants of the group charged the other day.
Once they receive money from cybercriminals who took it from accounts of victims, it will get transferred to other QQAAZZ-controlled checking account and sometimes it will be transformed to cryptocurrency.
The worlds leading malware operators (e.g.: Dridex, Trickbot, GozNym, etc.) are gained from the services provided by QQAAZZ.
The group believed to be washed or tried to wash, 10s of millions of euros in taken funds since 2016.
Edvardas Šileris, Head of Europols European Cybercrime Centre, stated: “Cybercriminals are constantly exploring brand-new possibilities to abuse innovation and financial frameworks to take advantage of millions of users in a minute from anywhere in the world. Todays operation shows how through an appropriate law enforcement international coordination we can turn the table on these criminals and bring them to justice.”
To handle the monetary transactions the QQAAZZ network opened a number of bank accounts at banks throughout the world to receive cash from the Cybercriminals.
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In the operation, authorities browsed for more than in Latvia, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Italy. Amongst them, a larger variety of searches were performed in Latvia.
” QQAAZZ advertised its services as a “international, complicit bank drops service” on Russian-speaking online cybercriminal forums where cybercriminals collect to seek or offer specialized skills or services needed to participate in a range of cybercriminal activities.”
For the deals, the QQAAZZ group takes around 50-percent of the stolen funds and go back to the cybercriminals.
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