16 Cybercriminals Behind Mekotio and Grandoreiro Banking Trojan Arrested in Spain

Spanish law enforcement agencies on Wednesday arrested 16 individuals belonging to a criminal network in connection with operating two banking trojans as part of a social engineering campaign targeting financial institutions in Europe.

The arrests were made in Ribeira (A Coruña), Madrid, Parla and Móstoles (Madrid), Seseña (Toledo), Villafranca de los barros (Badajoz), and Aranda de Duero (Burgos) following a year-long investigation, the Civil Guard said in a statement.

Through malicious software, installed on the victim’s computer by the technique known as ’email spoofing’, [the group] would have managed to divert large amounts of money to their accounts, authorities noted.

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