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Latvian police participate in international operation to liquidate hacker forum

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOne of the most influential hacker forums in the world – Darkode – was terminated this week. Latvian State Police participated in the international effort. A total of 28 people have been arrested and 37 searches have been performed as part of this operation. Authorities have confiscated a great number of computers, data storage devices and other equipment.

The international operation, with support from Europol’s European Cyber Crimes Centre, was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Law enforcement institutions from 20 countries participated in this large-scale operation. All activities were coordinated from command centres formed by FBI operatives in Pittsburgh, USA, and Europol operatives in Hague, Netherlands. In Latvia, activities were managed by SP International Cooperation Bureau and Economic Crimes Prevention Office officials.

During the operation, control over the aforementioned forum was taken over and an announcement was posted on the front page, saying that the forum is under arrest. A total of 37 searches were carried out in 18 countries. A total of 28 people were arrested. Officers confiscated many computers and data storage and processing equipment, as reported by SP.

In Latvia, operatives carried out one search related to the operation. Aside from computer equipment, officers also confiscated narcotic substances – three grams of hashish and five grams of MDMA pills. A criminal process has been launched for storage of narcotic substances. The decision in regard to the confiscated computer equipment and involvement in hacking activities will be made in accordance with U.S. legislation. According to information from State Police, the arrested individual was a frequent user of the forum.

Darkode forum was created in 2009. It had around 250 – 300 users. Among them were some of the most skilled hackers in the world. This forum was mostly used by users to trade malicious code, bot networks, stolen credit card information and other tools used in cyber-crimes.

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