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Man from Alexandria convicted following complex two year cybercrime investigation by Police Scotland

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15/05/2024 17:09:46

A 21-year-old man from West Dunbartonshire has been convicted of creating, selling and supporting an online computer system with the capability of bringing down websites.

Following a complex two-year cybercrime investigation by Police Scotland officers, Amar Tagore (pictured) pled guilty at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Wednesday, 15 May, 2024.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Tagore operated from Alexandria and created an online tool that he then sold to hundreds of users worldwide whom he also provided with technical support.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Maclean, of Police Scotland’s Cybercrime Investigations Unit, said: “Tagore supplied a tool used by his customers to carry out Distributed Denial of Services (DDOS) attacks. These are often used to attack commercial systems, taking websites offline and causing widespread disruption.

“This was a challenging, thorough and technical investigation that involved the examination of thousands of items of digital forensic data.

“Officers were able to demonstrate Tagore made tens of thousands of pounds through the sale of his tool and the full extent of his global activity.

“The investigation involved domestic and international partners and reflects the worldwide nature of cybercrime investigations which does not stop at traditional borders.

“Police Scotland is committed to fighting cybercrime at all levels and to protect our community and businesses from the effects of such criminality.

“Anyone with concerns or information about cybercrime should contact Police Scotland via 101 or make a call anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”