UAE busts Nigerian cyber criminal gang

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UAE busts Nigerian cyber criminal gang operating from the Emirate of Ajman, targeting victims in the US.

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Tools of the crime recovered in raid include electronic devices; financial remittance documents; hacking software; bank accounts; and a list of more than 5 million electronic bank accounts targeted by the gang.

The announced was made by the UAE Ministry of Interior (MoI) yesterday, reported WAM, the official UAE news agency.

The cyber criminal gang members had targeted their victims, both individuals and institutions, in the United States of America by hacking their accounts and emails to steal private documents and information to commit fraud.

The MoI said in a statement that the successful operation is a result of the fruitful cooperation and coordination of the Ministry with various police agencies from advanced countries.

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“Such a step has been made in a bid to entrench the efforts of peace and global security, and to protect the rights of citizens around the world. It works to enforce the law outside of the local context to serve the international community on one hand, and on the other, to effectively instill confidence and trust in the reputation and competency of the UAE and its various agencies.”, the report said.

It added that it had received information from the security authorities in the US state of California in regards to cyber-criminal activity based in the UAE. The information did not include the identities of the hackers, nor the place of residence; hence a professional team was established in order to follow-up on the cyber data available, and to identify the hideout of the gang as soon as possible so as to prevent them from escaping. The professional team included members from the Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Ajman police forces.

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The joint international security cooperation with the UAE police leadership led to identifying the location of the gang in record time. Three people were arrested after a subsequent raid.

The police teams monitored the movements of the suspects until they were all confirmed to be in the location. They were apprehended red handed along with the tools of the crime including electronic devices; financial remittance documents; hacking software; bank accounts; and a list of more than 5 million electronic bank accounts targeted by the gang.

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The report also cited the nabbing of the Nigerian cyber criminals as a respect for the law and safeguarding the rights of individuals, a fundamental police work, adding that the values of the police are not confined to borders.

The UAE has been introducing various laws and regulations to combat cybercrimes punishing whoever accesses a website, electronic information system, computer network, or information technology without authorisation, whether such access is intended to obtain government data, or confidential information relating to a financial, commercial or economical facility.

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