Spain arrests 34 cybercriminals who stole data of 4 million people


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The Spanish National Police have dismantled a cybercriminal organization that carried out a variety of computer scams to steal and monetize the data of over four million people.

Law enforcement in the country conducted 16 targeted searches in Madrid, Malaga, Huelva, Alicante, and Murcia and arrested 34 members of the crime group.

The police raids led to the confiscating of firearms and hand weapons, four high-end cars, 80,000 euros in cash, and computers hosting a database with information on four million people.

The Spanish police explain that the arrested individuals are linked to email and SMS phishing that impersonated delivery firms and electricity suppliers.

Additionally, the scammers performed 'son in distress' calls to steal money from parents by making them think their child is in trouble or stranded somewhere.

In other cases, they reportedly took advantage of an insider's position in an international tech firm to reroute merchandise to addresses under the threat actor's control.

The threat group generally didn't have a fixed modus operandi, and their scamming repertoire was wide and varied.

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