The Safe-Inet service was shut down and its infrastructure seized in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and the United States, writes Europol.
The servers were taken down, and a splash page prepared by Europol was put up online after the domain seizures. This coordinated takedown was carried out in the framework of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT). Law enforcement were able to identify some 250 companies worldwide which were being spied on by the criminals using this VPN.
These companies were subsequently warned of an imminent ransomware attack against their systems, allowing them to take measures to protect themselves against such an attack. The service has now been rendered inaccessible. Investigations are ongoing in a number of countries to identify and take action against some of Safe-Inet’s users.
The investigation carried out by our cybercrime specialists has resulted in such a success thanks to the excellent international cooperation with partners worldwide. The results show that law enforcement authorities are equally as well connected as criminals. The strong working relationship fostered by Europol between the investigators involved in this case on either side of the world was central in bringing down this service.
Criminals can run but they cannot hide from law enforcement, and we will continue working tirelessly together with our partners to outsmart them..
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