Sites Selling Credit Card Info Shut Down

Dozens of websites offering credit card details and other private information for sale have been taken offline in the culmination of a two-year global police operation.

Credit card numbers or bank account details of millions of unsuspecting victims were sold for as little as £2.

Two Britons and a man from Macedonia were arrested, with 36 sites shut down.

Lee Miles, the Head of Serious Organised Crime Agency’s cyber crime unit, told the BBC that criminals were now selling personal data on an "industrial" scale.

"Criminals are turning over vast volumes of these cards. We must match the criminals - it's an arms race,” he said.

"They are industrialising their processes and likewise we have to industrialise our processes to match them."

Joint operations on Thursday in Australia, the US, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Romania and Macedonia led to the websites being closed down.

More arrests are expected.


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