In a coordinated International law enforcement operation, Europol today announced to shut down the global organized cybercrime network behind Imminent Monitor RAT, yet another hacking tool that allows cybercriminals to gain complete control over a victim’s computer remotely.
The operation targeted both buyers and sellers of the IM-RAT (Imminent Monitor Remote Access Trojan), which was sold to more than 14,500 buyers and used against tens of thousands of victims across 124 countries.
The infrastructure and front-end sale website of the Imminent Monitor have also been seized as part of this operation, making the Trojan unusable for those who already bought it, as well as unavailable for the new users.
Promoted as a legitimate remote administration framework, the hacking tool was widely used to unauthorisedly access targeted users’ computers and steal their login credentials for online banking and other financial accounts.
According to Europol’s press release, authorities also executed search warrants in June this year against the developer and an employee of IM-RAT in Australia and Belgium, likely with an aim to identify re-sellers and users of the tool.
Moreover, 13 of the most prolific customers of IM-RAT were also arrested in Australia, Colombia, Czechia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
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