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Authorities of UK Arrest Cybercriminals Running Website of Cybercrime Services

Softpedia.com reported on 23rd November, 2015, stating that authorities of UK have detained two suspects regarding reFUD.me service, which is a website providing AV evasion services to malware operators.

The arrests were made recently after a joint operation was conducted by security firm Trend Micro and NCA (National Crime Agency) of UK.

A man and a woman, aged 22 years from Colchester, Essex (UK), were initially arrested and later released on bail till February 2016.

The duo operated the notorious reFUD.me online service, which provided an extensive collection of complimentary and commercial tools for malware authors.

The reFUD.me website claimed that over 1.2 Million scans had been conducted since February 2015 before it was closed down. One of the latest features added to the cybercrime service known as "scanwatch", allowed users to continuously monitor the detection status of the files which they uploaded.

The website (reFUD.me) gave cyber crooks the possibility of adding features for antivirus evasion to their malware chiefly through the Cryptex toolkit.

This kit and all its versions, Cryptex Advanced, Cryptex Reborn and Cryptex Lite, were employed to give encryption for the code of the malware and bot-server communications.

Its latest version, Cryptex Reborn, was believed to be one of the most advanced such tools in recent years. Cybercriminals can buy Cryptex Reborn for prices that range from $20 to $90 per month for lifetime.

Business Reporter published news on 23rd November, 2015, quoting Steve Laval, of NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit, as saying "This continuous investigation shows how the NCA is taking its work with industry to fight cybercrime to the next level. Although the website offered services designed in helping to evade anti-virus software, computer users can protect themselves from malware threats by taking some simple precautions. The NCA urges all Internet users to ensure that they have installed updated anti-virus software on their machines and avoid clicking on unknown or doubtful links or attachments in emails".

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the National Crime Agency and Trend Micro in July 2015, starting an important step toward cooperation between the two parties to combat cybercrime.

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