Dutch police arrests cyber gang

On the website of nu.nl an article is posted on the arrest of a cyber criminal gang involved in phishing by the The Hague police. Unfortunately the header sounds a little more exciting than it is. Reading the article it becomes clear that the money mules, people who have their bank accounts used for the transfer of illegal money, were arrested as well as their recruiters. The masterminds themselves have not been arrested.

This is a good example of disruption, one of the techniques a law enforcement agency has available to stop cyber crime. If it is not possible to stop the gang, e.g. because they are based in another jurisdiction, it is possible to try and stop the gang’s actions in your own country. This has a few effects. The good side is that:
– the gangs activities are hindered severely;
– potential money mules know there is a risk involved in this activity;
– being active in the Netherlands becomes less attractive to the gang.

The down side of course that the gang:
– is in full swing;
– infrastructure is intact and functioning;
– will phish Dutch bank customers as soon as the organisation is back in order;
– is able to remain active in the rest of the world.

The alternative is doing nothing, so in my view the action of the The Hague police force is to be seen as a positive contribution in the fight against cyber crime. Who knows what other intelligence they have found and are able to share with foreign colleagues.

Wout de Natris

Leiderdorp, 28 January 2011


About Wout de Natris

As a consultant I specialise in establishing new and different relationships between industry, governments and law enforcement where internet safety and the fight against cyber crime are concerned. This makes me a bridge builder. Hence the blogs name. In this blog I intend to stress the need for interaction, cooperation and exchange of information in order to change the mentioned relationships. On offer: a comprehensive training on all non-technical aspects of spam enforcement and a cyber awareness presentation for companies and institutions
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