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20 ar­rested tied to mal­ware ring

- Crime · European Politics · Politics · Lisbon · Portugal · Latvia · United Kingdom · Spain · Poland · United States of America · Australia

LIS­BON, Por­tu­gal — Euro­pean and Amer­i­can of­fi­cials said Thurs­day that they have ar­rested 20 peo­ple in sev­eral coun­tries for al­legedly be­long­ing to an in­ter­na­tional ring that laun­dered mil­lions of eu­ros stolen by cy­ber­crim­i­nals through mal­ware schemes.

The in­ter­na­tional po­lice op­er­a­tion led by Por­tuguese in­ves­ti­ga­tors and the FBI in­cluded 14 more Euro­pean coun­tries, un­der the um­brella of Europol. Europol said more than 40 homes were searched by agents.

Most of the house searches were car­ried out in Latvia, where six ar­rests were made. An­other six ar­rests were made in Bri­tain, four in Spain, and one each in Por­tu­gal, Poland, the U.S. and Aus­tralia, ac­cord­ing to Europol.

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