#CyberFLASH: RCMP shuts down servers in Russian cyber-crime crackdown


As part of a major crackdown in a dozen countries against Russian cyber-criminals, the RCMP has shut down two computer servers in Montreal that were part of a network that extorted millions of dollars from businesses and consumers.

The operation disrupted malicious software called Gameover Zeus (GOZ), which has infected up to a million computers around the world and caused losses of more than $100-million (U.S.).

Also known as GOZeus, the malware steals banking credentials, impersonates legitimate websites and infects computers with CryptoLocker, a ransomware that blackmails victims by locking down their hard drive until a payment is made.

On Friday, the RCMP seized two servers in Montreal in co-ordination with a two-and-a-half-year operation initiated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to an FBI affidavit filed in Pittsburgh, key servers in the CryptoLocker infrastructure were located in Canada, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

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Canada a haven for digital criminals: study

Cyberfile Hacktivists 20130213OTTAWA — A patchwork of Internet and digital security laws across the country has contributed to Canada’s new No. 3 ranking worldwide as the country of choice for cyber-criminals to set up sites with advanced malware, according to a new study.

But it isn’t just foreign criminals who are setting up shop on Canadian servers to take advantage of Canada’s good reputation in cyberspace: Foreign governments are doing the same to launch corporate espionage attacks on domestic and international companies, according to the 2013 cybercrime report card from Websense Security Labs.

According to the report card, Canada ranks third in the world for hosting malware, ahead of countries such as Germany, Russia and even China, which has faced allegations and accusations that it enables cyber-attacks and sponsors corporate espionage.

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