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Three men arrested in Indonesia over card-skimming attacks

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Three men, identified only by their initials, have been arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of using Magecart-style attacks to steal digital data in Indonesia.

Interpol said on Monday that it had helped co-ordinate an operation which had unmasked thousands of sites which had been used to collect such data.

The Russian security firm Group-IB was involved in the operation, providing data that helped to identify the websites and providing expertise in digital forensics.

RiskIQ, a company that has closely followed the activities of those using Magecart-style tactics, has described the group as a cyber crime syndicate.

In a report released in October 2019, RiskIQ identified more than two million attacks against some 18,000 hosts.

At the time, one of the company's researchers, Jordan Herman, told iTWire: "[This is} the injection of skimmer code onto e-commerce websites with the intent of stealing credit card and other personal information. In the past, we limited this moniker to six discrete criminal groups, but, while we still track a number of specific groups carrying out this type of cyber crime, the proliferation of Magecart means that there are more persons involved in this activity than it is practical for us to enumerate."

Craig Jones, Interpol's director of Cyber Crime, said: "Strong and effective partnerships between police and the cyber security industry are essential to ensure law enforcement worldwide has access to the information they need to address the scale and complexity of today’s cyber threat landscape.

“This successful operation is just one example of how law enforcement is working with industry partners, adapting and applying new technologies to aid investigations, and ultimately reduce the global impact of cyber crime.”

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Sam Varghese

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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