Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the Italian Police said it arrested 62
people from Nigeria and Cameroon suspected to be members of a cyber criminal
The EFCC spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement in
Abuja on Thursday said the suspects were responsible for frauds committed
against small and medium scale enterprises across the world.
Uwujaren said the raid that led to the arrest of the
suspects were carried out in June by 750 officers from Italian, Spanish,
Polish, English, Belgian, Georgian, Turkish and Cameroonian police.
He said the group, devoted to laundering activities
involving large amounts of money obtained by means of state-of-the-art phishing
techniques uses a particular attack called in hacking jargon, "man-in-the-middle’’.
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"The operation is carried out by illegally, accessing
e-mail boxes of Italian and foreign companies through hacking and social
engineering techniques that enabled the criminals to meddle in trade relations.
"The final result of the raid is remarkable with 62
individuals arrested, 82 house searches executed with 40,000 Euros, 30 smart
phones, 10 tablets and 15 personal computers seized,” he said.
The spokesman said the EFCC was able to track down three fugitives
in their homes in Lagos following information gathered from the Postal and
Communications Police in Italy during the raid.
He said that computers, mobile phones, SIM cards, several storage media as well
as bank documents linked to suspected criminal activities were recovered from
the suspects during the raid in Lagos.
According to him, the EFCC has started an independent
investigation that will allow it to confirm the connection with the dismantled
group through the Italian investigation.
Uwujaren said the investigation would also help to identify
new criminal links with South Africa, Ghana, Gambia, China, UAE, Kenya and