Law enforcement authorities in the UK and the Netherlands arrested six people suspected of a series of theft of bitcoins totaling more than 24 million euros. Europol and Eurojust also participated in the operation.
The arrests were carried out simultaneously on Tuesday morning, June 25, in several cities in the UK, as well as in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and were the result of an investigation that lasted 14 months. Among the detainees was one woman.
In their activities, the attackers used "tiepsquatting", they registered domain names similar to the addresses of cryptocurrency exchanges and companies.
The user who made a typo when entering the address, got on the fake site, visually indistinguishable from the original. If he tried to enter his personal account, the criminals gained access to his data.
According to law enforcement, the victims of the scheme were at least 4,000 users from 12 different countries, while their number, as suggested by Europol, may be even higher.
The exact amount of stolen bitcoins is not specified.
Earlier it became known that Europol is developing a computer game that will allow employees to train to track cryptocurrency transactions in criminal offenses.