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Europol announced today that police across Europe arrested six users who were customers of a malware crypter service and a counter anti-virus platform developed by a 22-year-old German man.

The arrests are the result of a one-year-long cross-country operation codenamed Operation Neuland that started in April 2016, when German police arrested the unnamed German man in the city of Koblenz.
Malware platforms operator arrested in April 2016
At the time, German police carried out one of its biggest operations, deploying 700 police officers across all 16 German federal states to carry out home searches at 175 homes, owned by 170 suspects. At the time an unknown number of searches also took place in the Netherlands, France, and Canada.

German police say they seized over 300 computers, and a second individual was also arrested.
Six more arrested last week
According to Europol, authorities in Cyprus, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom, moved in and arrested six new suspects.

The arrests took place last week, between June 5 and June 9 June, officers searched 20 houses, seized an undisclosed number of electronic devices, and also interrogated 36 additional suspects.

Europol did not reveal the name of the services the German man created.


This is not the first time when operators of malware crypter services have been arrested. In November 2015, UK police apprehended the two operators of the service, which sold the "Cryptex" malware crypter toolkit, and all its variants, known as Cryptex Lite, Cryptex Advanced, and Cryptex Reborn.