Three people have been arrested in the West Midlands and Staffordshire as part of an international cybercrime operation, supported by the areaâ€™s Regional Cyber Crime Unit.
The men, aged 19, 20 and 23 were arrested from properties in Halesowen, Erdington and Newcastle-under-Lyme respectively, regarding the unlawful use of a Remote Access Tool (RAT) called â€˜Blackshadesâ€™. A fourth address was also raided in Wolverhampton.
Coordinated by the National Crime Agency, the week of arrests, searches and seizures has involved nearly every UK Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU), as well as Police Scotland and the Metropolitan Police.
The three men arrested from the West Midlands region have now been released on police bail pending further enquiries. A number of seized items are being forensically examined.
Detective Inspector, Rob Harris from the Regional Cyber Crime Unit, said “Law enforcement is now acutely aware of the threat posed by cyber criminality and this operation has demonstrated our ability to rise to that threat and go after those engaged in this type of offending.
“Work at a local, regional and national level is building our capability around cybercrime and the message is now clear; if you engage in any form cyber criminality UK policing has the capability to come after you.”
Anyone who is concerned about cybercrime, or wants to improve their own security can get more information and advice from the Get Safe Online website:Â www.getsafeonline.org.
Anyone who believes they have lost money through malware should report it atÂ www.actionfraud.police.uk.