Law enforcement agencies from 13 countries, including the United States, ran a coordinated crackdown earlier this month on young people who are committing cyber-attack tools around the world.
Officials said the crackdown resulted in 34 arrests, and 101 suspects interviewed and cautioned.
Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, (also known as EC3) said that from December 5 to 9, Europol and law enforcement authorities from Australia, Belgium, France, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States carried out a coordinated action targeting users of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber-attack tools.
EC3 said it supported the countries in their efforts to identify suspects in the European Union and beyond, mainly young adults under the age of 20, by hosting operational meetings, collating intelligence and providing analytical support.
“Today’s generation is closer to technology than ever before, with the potential of exacerbating the threat of cybercrime. Many IT enthusiasts