(Reuters) – Twelve suspects believed to have carried out ransomware attacks on companies or infrastructure in 71 countries were "targeted" in raids in Ukraine and Switzerland, Europol said on Friday.
A European police spokesman declined to comment. whether any of the suspects were arrested in the raid. The operation was the result of cooperation between law enforcement and judicial authorities in seven European countries and the United States.
Europol said the 12 suspects were believed to have carried out cyber attacks affecting 1,800 victims around the world.
One of the suspects. companies that are believed to have been affected by the suspects in the case were the metal manufacturer Norsk Hydro ASA, which in 201
The company refused to pay hackers, it said. then, but suffered losses amounting to tens of millions of dollars as a result of disruptions in its operations.
The other companies allegedly affected by the ransomware requirements were not named.
"targeted suspects all had different roles in these professional, highly organized criminal organizations ", Europol said in a statement, with some responsible for hacking and others for laundering cryptocurrency revenue.
Authorities from Norway, France, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States were involved in the crackdown. together with Europol and Eurojust, the European Union Office for Judicial Cooperation.