Interpol’s Triumph: The Shutdown of 16Shop, A Major Phishing-as-a-Service Platform

Interpol’s Triumph: The Shutdown of 16Shop, A Major Phishing-as-a-Service Platform

Interpol shuts down ’16Shop’ Phishing-as-a-Service platform

Main Points:

– Interpol has taken down a PhaaS called 16Shop.
– Arrests of three individuals in Indonesia and Japan have been made.
– 16Shop was a major facilitator of cybercrimes, specializing in the sale of phishing kits.
– 16Shop’s phishing attacks mainly targeted users of popular online services for theft of credentials and payment details.

Interpol’s Fishing Expedition Catches Some Phish

Interpol, which isn’t a pop band from New York but one of the world’s largest international police organizations, has announced their latest chart-topper – the takedown of a big player in cyber villainy, a Phishing-as-a-Service (PaaS) platform dubbed “16Shop”. Sounds like a villain’s lair from a spy movie, eh? Well, it might as well have been!

Arrests: Not a Trip to the Sushi Bar

Making the headlines across Japan and Indonesia, Interpol deployed its cybersecurity squad resulting in the arrests of three individuals. Hopefully, they weren’t merely ordering ramen or getting a massage; they were linked to the notorious 16Shop platform.

Phishing kits, the “16Shop” Specialty

For those not fluent in tech-villain language, 16Shop was a murky marketplace where cybercriminals stocked up their evil arsenals. 16Shop specialized in selling phishing kits used by the tech baddies to mount large-scale phishing attacks for ‘reeling in’ all sorts of important credentials and payment details.

Hook, Line, and Sinker: Taking User Data

But who was the tasty bait on their hook? The phishing attacks mainly targeted users of popular online services. If your details have ever been used without your permission, remember that it’s not always a roomful of trained monkeys randomly typing on keyboards. Sometimes, the bad guys are using more sophisticated tools like those sold on 16Shop!


To sum it all up, Interpol played the superhero once again, taking down the Phishing-as-a-Service platform called “16Shop” and sending three individuals from Indonesia and Japan to a jail cell, probably with less-than-premium internet access. These guys were caught red-handed selling the equivalent of cyber fishing rods – phishing kits that targeted users of popular online services to steal their credentials and payment details. Another successful day in ‘being a pain in the neck for cybercriminals’ for our cyber cops!Original Article:


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