Security News > 2022 > November > U.K. Police Arrest 142 in Global Crackdown on 'iSpoof' Phone Spoofing Service
A coordinated law enforcement effort has dismantled an online phone number spoofing service called iSpoof and arrested 142 individuals linked to the operation.
Worldwide losses exceeded €115 million, with over 200,000 potential victims believed to have been directly targeted through iSpoof in the U.K. alone, the Metropolitan Police noted.
Among the 142 people arrested is the administrator of the website, who was apprehended in the U.K. on November 6, 2022.
The website and its server were subsequently seized and taken offline two days later by Ukrainian and U.S. agencies.
The Politie stated that by placing a tap on the website servers, it was able to glean valuable information about how the service worked.
"By taking away the tools and systems that have enabled fraudsters to cheat innocent people at scale, this operation shows how we are determined to target corrupt individuals intent on exploiting often vulnerable people," London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said.
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