The National Crime Agency reported on the 30th November that the United Kingdom has been involved in an operation with 29 other countries to dismantle Avalanche, a network used by cyber criminals to send malware infected emails following a four year investigation.

It was reported that the coordinated raids resulted in the demise of almost one million malicious web domains which were estimated to have caused millions of dollars in fraudulent transactions in over 180 countries. The coordinated raids within 30 countries are said to have resulted in the arrest of 5 individuals. The NCA reported that “at least 500,000 computers around the world were infected and controlled by the Avalanche system on any given day”.

Having been discovered in 2008, Avalanche was the name given to a criminal syndicate that used phishing attacks. Said to have originated in Eastern Europe, Avalanche infected computer using the Microsoft Windows O/S.

Cyber Crime continues to be a prevalent threat to the economy and private users. With the introduction of increased sentencing powers to the court in 2015 early, specialised advice is paramount.

Our internet crime defence solicitors can assist those being investigated for any e-crime offence, from Computer Misuse Act offences, Fraud Act offences, Money Laundering to allegations of breach of copyright and ‘cloning’ investigations.

At Farleys we have a specialist team who can provide advice and representation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on all areas of cyber crime. If you have been accused of involvement in online crime in any capacity, it is vital that you speak to a cyber crime defence solicitor at the earliest opportunity. Early advice is often crucial. To obtain expert advice from a criminal defence solicitor, call our 24 hour advice line on 0845 287 0939 or complete our online contact form and one of our specialist solicitors will get in touch with you.