href=”https://www.wired.com/2017/04/fbi-took-russias-spam-king-massive-botnet/”>arrest Peter Levashov, allegedly its longtime operator, while on a family vacation in Spain.
The effort to take down Avalanche also resulted in the arrests of five people who allegedly ran the organization. Their removal from action likely led to a temporary disruption in the broader global cybercrime environment. It forced the criminals who were Avalanche’s customers to stop and regroup, and may offer police additional intelligence, depending on what investigators can convince the people arrested to reveal.
The Avalanche network was just the beginning of the challenges law enforcement will face when it comes to combating international cybercrime. To keep their enterprises alive, the criminals will share their experiences and learn from the past. Police agencies around the world must do the same to keep up.
Frank J. Cilluffo, Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University; Alec Nadeau, Presidential Administrative Fellow, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University, and Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol; Honorary Fellow, Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter