In making its announcement on Monday of the shutdown of Avalanche, the U.S. Department of Justice said it turned the tables on the criminals, “by targeting not just individual actors, but the entire Avalanche infrastructure.”
The complex network of computer servers was used by criminals in several countries for money laundering operations and to deliver more than two dozen iterations of malicious software, capable of stealing sensitive personal information.
“The takedown of Avalanche was unprecedented in its scope, scale, reach and cooperation among 40 countries,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song of the Western District of Pennsylvania. “This is the first time that we have aimed to and achieved the destruction of a criminal cyber infrastructure while disrupting all of the malware systems that relied upon it to do harm.”
The statement from the Justice Department