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Trend Micro Teams with Spanish Police in Reveton Ransomware Gang Arrests



   Trend Micro Teams with Spanish Police in Reveton Ransomware Gang Arrests

PR Newswire

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 13, 2013

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Spanish Police
officials announced the arrest of one of the alleged heads of a cybercriminal
gang that uses the ransomware strain known as Reveton.  The apparent arrest of
this alleged cybercriminal of Russian origin occurred in Dubai, United Arab
Emirates. Spanish police are working to extradite the suspect to Spain.

In addition, there were arrests of members of the same gang focused on
obtaining funds abusing PaySafeCard / UKash vouchers. The Reveton gang
apparently had a branch in Spain that exchanged these vouchers and converted
them into actual money, which would then be transferred to the leaders of the
gang in Russia. According to police this activity has netted the gang over one
million Euros per year.  Additionally, the Reveton ransomware is still in
circulation and being used by others.  As there is still an ongoing
investigation, only certain information is available at this time.

These arrests are a tremendous result from the ongoing work and collaboration
between the Spanish police and Trend Micro's eCrimes unit which works
extensively and collaboratively with law enforcement authorities across the
globe.

  o This is the latest in a series of arrests and take-downs that Trend Micro
    has been involved with. Other recent collaborations included the
    Ghostclick/Rove Digital takedown, the "Soldier" SpyEye disruption, the
    LuckyCat APT campaign and the IXESHE APT campaign.
  o Trend Micro's products currently protect against all known versions of
    Reveton.
  o This illustrates that effective work to protect customers from malware
    like Reveton involves not just technological solutions but active
    partnerships and collaborations with law enforcement agencies and
    government agencies.
  o More information can be found at:
    http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/key-figure-in-police-ransomware-activity-nabbed-2
    and
    at:
    http://www.interior.gob.es/press/golpe-policial-a-una-de-las-mayores-redes-cibercriminales-especializada-en-infectar-millones-de-ordenadores-de-todo-el-mundo-14802

Supporting assets:
Reveton Ransomware Details
http://about-threats.trendmicro.com/Malware.aspx?language=au&name=TROJ_RANSOM.BNW

About Trend Micro
Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), the global cloud security
leader, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with its
Internet content security and threat management solutions for businesses and
consumers.  A pioneer in server security with over 20 years' experience, we
deliver top-ranked client, server and cloud-based security that fits our
customers' and partners' needs, stops new threats faster, and protects data in
physical, virtualized and cloud environments. Powered by the industry-leading
Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ global threat intelligence data mining
framework, our products and services stop threats where they emerge – from the
Internet. They are supported by 1,000+ threat intelligence experts around the
globe. 

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SOURCE Trend Micro

Website: http://www.trendmicro.com
Contact: Alan Wallace, Trend Micro Incorporated, Senior Global PR Manager,
pr@trendmicro.com, +1-425-522-3180
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