Authorities Arrest Eight in Tyupkin ATM Malware Takedown

January 11, 2016

European authorities dismantled a cybercrime ring last week responsible for a series of ATM attacks that ultimately led to substantial financial losses across Europe.

Authorities apprehended eight Romanian and Moldovan nationals in connection with the ring following a series of house searches in the two countries last week, according to Europol, which announced the news last Thursday via press release.

While a handful of groups played a role in the takedown, it was spearheaded by the Romanian National Police and the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crimes and Terrorism (DIICOT), Europol, and Eurojust.

The attackers “jackpotted” ATMs using Tyupkin, a strain of malware that allowed them to empty machines, according to the agency.

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