Fall of ‘global cyber crime network’ began in western Pa., authorities reveal

PITTSBURGH — Authorities in western Pennsylvania have released new details in their dismantling of an international cyber crime network with ties to money laundering and malware attacks believed responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in monetary losses worldwide.

In a press conference held here on Monday afternoon, authorities also revealed that the network, dubbed “Avalanche,” was responsible for cyber attacks against an Allegheny County government office and two area businesses. Spokespeople also revealed a unique cooperative effort that spanned both the public and private sectors, and which relied on law enforcement agents from across the globe and members of Pittsburgh’s thriving tech community to help crack the case.  

“November 30 began the start of a multi-national operation to dismantle a complex, criminal network of worldwide computer servers known as Avalanche,” read a statement issued last week by the office of acting United States District Attorney for Western Pennsylvania, Soo C. Song.

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