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Security vendor Trend Micro has embiggened its industry collaboration credentials this week after helping Taiwanese police arrest one man in connection with a widespread targeted attack, and teaming up with Interpol on a new cyber crime prevention centre.

The targeted attack in question used the notorious Ghost remote access Trojan (RAT) to steal data from thousands of individuals and SMBs, according to the vendor.

Using classic email spear phishing techniques, the attacker tricked users into clicking on a malicious link in an email pretending to come from the Taiwan Bureau of National Health Insurance.

This would take them to a separate site and automatically download a legitimate looking RAR file.

If the user then clicked to download this file, it would drop the malicious Ghost RAT payload onto their machine, giving the attacker full access to navigate the victim’s system and exfiltrate any valuable looking data, Trend Micro said.

The attacker apparently stole over 10,000 pieces of personal data before being arrested.

In response to such threats, Interpol has announced it is establishing a "Global Complex for Innovation" in Singapore next year.

The centre of excellence for online crime prevention will act as a hub for the body to foster greater multi-stakeholder co-operation and improve law enforcers’ cyber skills.

This is where Trend Micro will help by delivering training programs to Interpol, police and government agencies and CNI firms in participating countries.

It said the training would include “e-learning modules, classroom-based training sessions, workshops and/or professional certifications”. ®

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