Group-IB participates in Europol-coordinated operation that saves €14 mln for European banks

Group-IB, one of the global cybersecurity leaders, has taken part in а cross-border operation Carding Action 2021, coordinated by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), for the second consecutive year. This year’s pan-European anti-fraud effort was led by the Italian law enforcement agencies and supported by the United Kingdom, leading card schemes, and Group-IB.

Carding Action 2021 targeted fraudsters trading compromised payment records on card shops and underground marketplaces. Although the results are still being analyzed, with information on 49,761 compromised cards (1/4 of the data provided by Group-IB) having been processed so far, it is clear that the savings for European citizens and the dent in the cybercrime world will exceed the Carding Action 2020 figures of 40 million euro. Further insights into Carding Action 2021 will be unveiled by Jorge Rosal Cosano, Team Leader at the Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), at Group-IB’s CyberCrimeCon 2021 on Thursday, December 2.

Over a three-month period, Group-IB Threat Intelligence team identified, extracted, and analyzed information about freshy compromised payment records issued by the European financial institutions. The data was collected from several proprietary sources such as botnet and JS-sniffer infrastructure, as well as underground card shops and marketplaces monitored by Group-IB Threat Intelligence & Attribution system. According to Europol’s statement, 12 illicit sellers involved in auctioning of compromised records were identified as part of this three-month operation.

Group-IB worked in close cooperation with the law enforcement authorities of the countries involved in the framework of the Carding Action, and with the card schemes (payment processing networks) that estimated the savings by looking at the unique cards that were detected and flagged by Group-IB and multiplied by the average spend on those cards. The total losses prevented are estimated at €14 million, after 1/4 of the analysis has been concluded.

Group-IB continues to hold true to its major principle of zero tolerance for cybercrime. Public-private partnerships and joint initiatives like the Carding Action continue to play a key role in our strategy to disrupt cybercrime activities globally.

Nicholas Palmer
Nicholas Palmer

Head of Global Business at Group-IB

Last year, Group-IB took part in Carding Action 2020, an operation led by Europol’s European Cyber Crimecentre (EC3), with the support from law enforcement agencies including the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit of the London Metropolitan and the City of London Police. The three-month anti-cybercrime effort targeted traders of compromised card details and prevented approximately €40 million in losses.

About Group-IB

Group-IB, with its headquarters in Singapore, is one of the leading providers of solutions dedicated to detecting and preventing cyberattacks, identifying online fraud, investigating high-tech crimes, and protecting intellectual property. The company’s Threat Intelligence and Research Centers are located in the Middle East (Dubai), the Asia-Pacific (Singapore), and Europe (Amsterdam).

Group-IB’s Unified Risk Platform is an ecosystem of solutions that understands each organization’s threat profile and tailors defenses against them in real-time from a single interface. The Unified Risk Platform provides complete coverage of the cyber response chain. Group-IB’s products and services consolidated in Group-IB’s Unified Risk Platform include Group-IB’s Threat IntelligenceManaged XDRDigital Risk ProtectionFraud ProtectionAttack Surface ManagementBusiness Email ProtectionAudit & ConsultingEducation & TrainingDigital Forensics & Incident ResponseManaged Detection & Response, and Cyber Investigations.

Group-IB’s technological leadership and R&D capabilities are built on the company’s 19 years of hands-on experience in cybercrime investigations worldwide and more than 70,000 hours of cybersecurity incident response accumulated in our leading DFIR Laboratory, High-Tech Crime Investigations Department, and round-the-clock CERT-GIB.

Group-IB is an active partner in global investigations led by international law enforcement organizations such as Europol and INTERPOL. Group-IB is also a member of the Europol European Cybercrime Centre’s (EC3) Advisory Group on Internet Security, which was created to foster closer cooperation between Europol and its leading non-law enforcement partners.

Group-IB’s experience in threat hunting and cyber intelligence has been fused into an ecosystem of highly sophisticated software and hardware solutions designed to monitor, identify, and prevent cyberattacks. Group-IB’s mission is to protect its clients in cyberspace every day by creating and leveraging innovative solutions and services.

Group-IB’s experience in threat hunting and cyber intelligence has been fused into an ecosystem of highly sophisticated software and hardware solutions designed to monitor, identify, and prevent cyberattacks. Group-IB’s mission is to fight high-tech crime while protecting our clients in cyberspace and helping them achieve their goals. To do so, we analyze cyber threats, develop our infrastructure to monitor them, respond to incidents, investigate complex high-tech crimes, and design unique technologies, solutions, and services to counteract adversaries.