Kaspersky, Interpol Fortify Ties to Fight Cybercrime in Nigeria, Others

November 30, 2022
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By Adedapo Adesanya 

Kaspersky has contributed to INTERPOL’s Africa Cyber Surge Operation (ACSO) by sharing data comprising indicators of compromise (IoCs) on various cyber threats and types of cybercriminal activity targeting African countries, including Nigeria.

This evidence provided the grounds for a series of operational and investigative activities against the threat actors behind the cybercrimes and their malicious infrastructure.

The threat intelligence data was shared with INTERPOL as part of the agency’s long-standing Gateway project, which encourages the partnership between law enforcement and private industry players to accumulate threat data from multiple sources, enabling police authorities to prevent attacks.

Based on the information shared by Kaspersky, together with the rest of Gateway project partners, 28 cyber activity reports were drafted.

The ACSO was initiated by INTERPOL’s Cybercrime Directorate and INTERPOL Support Programme for the African Union (ISPA) and was carried out in collaboration with the AFRIPOL police agency and the African member countries.

Kaspersky supported INTERPOL’s operation by helping the agency to identify the malicious infrastructure hosted within African countries with the view to future takedown actions by the responsible bodies. The information shared by the company was gathered with the help of Kaspersky’s Threat Research, Security Services, and Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) analysts.

It helps to reveal phishing scam campaigns, ransomware C&C servers’ IP addresses, IP addresses linked to the malicious infrastructure within the African continent, IP addresses from which phishing and spam emails were sent out, and a list of scam and phishing websites.

The ASCO course identified unsophisticated cybercriminals and infrastructure compromised as part of their criminal activities. As a result, cyberattack enablers, including malware-hosting or distribution servers, phishing websites and compromised IP addresses, were taken down and cleaned.

Speaking on this, Interpol’s Director of Cybercrime Directorate, Mr Craig Jones, said, “The Africa Cyber Surge Operation, launched in July 2022, has brought together law enforcement officials from 27 countries, working together for almost four months on actionable intelligence provided by INTERPOL private partners.

“This intelligence focused on opportunities to prevent, detect, investigate and disrupt cybercrime through coordinated LE activities utilising INTERPOL platforms, tools, and channels.

“This operation focused both on cyber criminals and compromised network infrastructure in Africa, allowing member countries to identify more than 1,000 malicious IP addresses, Dark Web Markets, and individual threat actors, enhancing cooperation between INTERPOL, AFRIPOL and the member countries, and contributing to connecting policing for a safer world.”

On her part, Ms Genie Gan, the head of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Asia Pacific & Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Kaspersky, said, “Kaspersky has always seen international cooperation as a key element of the effective fight against borderless cybercrime and has been working closely with its partners, including INTERPOL, to disrupt malicious activities of threat actors worldwide.

“We are happy to be a part of INTERPOL’s ACSO and, together with other participants, help African countries tackle the cybercrime threat. The successful operation boosts the role of collaborative efforts in combating cyber offences and achieving greater cybersecurity.”

In 2019, Kaspersky and INTERPOL signed a five-year cooperation agreement, under which the company committed to providing human resources support, training, and threat intelligence data on the latest cybercriminal activities to the law enforcement agency.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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