Law enforcement agencies from numerous countries have shut down the Imminent Monitor Remote Access Trojan (RAT) and have arrested thirteen of its most prolific users.
In an operation led by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and other law enforcement agencies, the site for Imminent Monitor was seized and users who used the software to illegally take over computers were arrested.
"Search warrants were executed in Australia and Belgium in June 2019 against the developer and one employee of IM-RAT. Subsquently, an international week of actions was carried out this November, resulting in the takedown of the Imminent Monitor infrastructure and the arrest at this stage of 13 of the most prolific users of this Remote Access Trojan (RAT). Over 430 devices were seized and forensic analysis of the large number of computers and IT equipment seized continues," Europol stated in a press release.
As part of this operation, over 430 devices and the software's website imminentmethods.net were seized.