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
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.
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
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)