After INTERPOL Action, Cryptojacking Drops by 78% in Southeast Asia

After intervention integrated by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the number of routers infected with coin miners in Southeast Asia dropped by 78%. INTERPOL is an inter-governmental organization that joins police forces from 194 countries in battling crime in multiple locations across the world. INTERPOL’s operation in Southeast Asia was established in June of 2019 and permits investigators and experts from 10 Southeast Asian countries to observe compromised routers. This led to repairing infected devices and removing coin miners.

When the initiative got down, INTERPOL perceived over 20,000 hacked routers in the area, which accounted for over 18% of cryptojacking infections worldwide. Since the integrated operation began, the number of devices infected has dramatically decreased. However, INTERPOL’s efforts to remove the infections from leftover devices will continue into the New Year as cryptojacking continues to jeopardize safety.

INTERPOL’s Operation Goldfish Alpha established in June 2019 permited cybercrime researcher and experts from 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) to find contaminated routers. They also alerted the victims and spotted the infected devices removing the coin miners and blocking the cybercriminals’ entree to the routers.

At the beginning of the operation, INTERPOL was able to determine over 20,000 hacked routers in the ASEAN area, accounting for 18 percent of cryptojacking infections worldwide. “When the operation ended in late November, the number of contaminated devices had been decreased by 78 percent,” says the INTERPOL. “Efforts to remove the infections from the remaining devices continue.”