This week, 27-Jan-21, one of the most dangerous malware operations EMOTET has had its technology infrastructure taken down by international law enforcement agencies. It was a multi-agency effort comprising collaboration between authorities in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Lithuania, Canada and Ukraine, with international activity coordinated by Europol and Eurojust
EMOTET has been a potent malware operation that started back in 2014 enabling vicious cyber-attacks targeting all sectors of industry motivated by financial crime/gain. It was used as the gateway that enabled perpetrators to launch debilitating ransomware attacks on their victims as well as other nefarious activities such as credentials and identity theft, and unauthorised access to networks.
This news is a big win for the good guys and hopefully would encourage further effort to conduct similar disruption of other and future groups.