Police warnings on hacker forums: Give up cybercrime

Dutch police have started posting warnings on hacker forums in Russian and English urging members to give up cybercrime as police monitor their activities.

Since the end of the operation LadyBird directed against the bot network Emotet, the Dutch police have started creating accounts on hacker forums to warn hackers to monitor their activities.

These forum posts contain an Emotet shutdown notification and a YouTube video showing the arrests of the people who ran the Emotet. The video ends with a warning from the police: “Everyone is making mistakes. We are waiting for yours ”.

So far, the Dutch police have published this warning on the RaidForums forums in English and XSS in Russian. The posts posted on the forums also contain a Telegram number that hackers can use if they want to share information about crime with the police.

The post on XSS contains the same message, but in Russian.

In a warning posted on the forums, the Dutch police reminded that it was On January 26, it took control of the Emotet botnet, dismantled its infrastructure and seized information about its users. Police said they will continue to deal with malware, such as Ryuk, Trickbot and many others. “We will turn every stone to find those who committed cybercrime. “You could lose your freedom, not just bots and work,” the police warned, emphasizing that they would not allow the abuse of Dutch infrastructure. That is why she warned hackers to avoid the Netherlands.

“If you would like to share information about cybercrime related to the Netherlands, send a message by telegram to +31621495111.”

This is not the first “field program” implemented by the Dutch police to deter young people from engaging in cybercrime.

On their GameChanges website, police are trying to steer children and young people towards careers “White hats”, to deter them from cybercrime.

The National Crime Agency in the UK (NCA) has a similar program known as Cyber ​​Choices that aims to prevent young people from getting involved in cybercrime.

Police messages met with different reactions depending on the forum.

The RaidForums administrator allowed the post to remain, but members immediately responded with insults, expressing suspicion that the warning was right.

On the XDD forum in Russian the warning was deleted, the police account was blocked and on the police profile there is a warning that the members of the forum should not trust them.

This is an interesting attempt by the police to act on the ground, but judging by the reactions, it will probably not have much impact.

Source: Informacija.rs by www.informacija.rs.

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