Alleged Cybercriminal Arrested in Morocco Following Interpol Probe

The suspect operated under the name "Dr Hex" to target thousands of people through phishing, fraud, and carding activities.

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

July 6, 2021

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An alleged high-profile cybercriminal has been arrested in Morocco following an investigation by Interpol's Cybercrime Directorate, Group-IB, and the Moroccan Police, officials report.

The suspect operated under the name "Dr Hex" and is believed to have targeted thousands of people over several years through phishing, fraud, and carding activities including credit card fraud, according to an Interpol release on the effort, dubbed "Operation Lyrebird."

In addition, he is accused of defacing websites by changing their appearances and content. Group-IB reports the suspect was involved in attacks on 134 websites from 2009 to 2018 and left behind his signature name on the target Web pages. Officials allege he has targeted French-speaking communications companies, banks, and multinational companies with malware.

He also allegedly helped create carding and phishing kits, which were sold via online forums so other attackers could launch similar malicious campaigns. These kits were used to impersonate online banking institutions so the suspect and other attackers could steal sensitive data and defraud victims.

Read the full Interpol release for more details.

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