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Interpol has arrested a Moroccan hacker involved in various cyber-criminal activities

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Interpol announced today that Moroccan authorities arrested a suspect Nicknamed as “Dr. HeX”. The two-year investigation, dubbed Operation Lyrebird by the international, intergovernmental organization, resulted in the arrest of a Moroccan cybercriminal.

Law enforcement authorities with Interpol perceived to be a threat actor that is responsible for targeting thousands of innocent people over several years and malware attacks on the telecommunications companies, banks, and international companies, in France, as part of an overall plan, phishing, fraud, credit and debit cards.

Dr HeX is active since at least 2009 and responsible for several cybercrimes, including phishing, defacing, malware development, fraud, and carding that resulted in thousands of unsuspecting victims,” the cybersecurity firm said.

The suspect also allegedly helped develop phishing software, which was later sold to another “Hackers Via online forums allowing them to facilitate similar malicious campaigns against the victims.

During the cyberattacks, phishing kits were used by the Threat actor that consisted of web pages mimicking legitimate financial entities. Many victims fell into the traps of rogue websites by entering login credentials, data that were transferred to the cybercriminal email address. At least three unique phishing kits were discovered, all reportedly generated by the threat actor.

As part of the joint operation “Lyrebird”, INTERPOL Executive Director of Police Services said This is a significant success against a suspect who is accused of targeting unsuspecting individuals and companies across multiple regions for years, and the case highlights the threat posed by cybercrime worldwide. The arrest of this suspect is down to outstanding international investigative work and new ways of collaboration both with Moroccan police and our vital private sector partners such as Group-IB.

Priyanshu Vijayvargiya
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of 'Virtualattacks Inc' Priyanshu Vijayvargiya is a cybersecurity analyst, Information Security professional, developer, and a white hat hacker.

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