Interpol-led operation finds nearly 9,000 infected servers in Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE, April 24 (Reuters) - An anti-cybercrime operation

by Interpol and investigators from seven southeast Asian nations

revealed nearly 9,000 malware-laden servers and hundreds of

compromised websites in the ASEAN region, Interpol said on

Monday.

Various types of malware, such as that targeting financial

institutions, spreading ransomware, launching Distributed Denial

of Service (DDoS) attacks and distributing spam were among the

threats posed by the infected servers, the operation showed.

"This operation helped participants identify and address

various types of cybercrime which had not previously been

tackled in their countries," said Francis Chan, head of the Hong

Kong Police Force's cybercrime unit and chairman of Interpol's

Eurasian cybercrime working group.

Experts from seven private firms also participated in the

operation run out of the Singapore-based Interpol Global Complex

for Innovation (IGCI), with China providing some cyber

intelligence, the international police body said on its website.

(http://bit.ly/2psc5TG)

DDoS attacks have always been among the most common on the

Internet, making use of hijacked and virus-infected computers to

target websites until they can no longer cope with the scale of

data requested.

The operation also identified nearly 270 websites infected

with a malware code, among them several government websites that

may have contained citizens' personal data, Interpol added.

The effort follows a breach this year at Singapore's

Ministry of Defence, when personal details of 850 national

servicemen and staff were stolen in what the defence ministry

described as a "targeted and carefully planned" attack. (http://bit.ly/2q6keJK)

(Reporting by Himani Sarkar; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)