In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 25th, June, 2020

Revealed! Hushpuppi And His Gang Had been Planning A $435m Cyber Heist Earlier than They Had been Busted

Revealed! Hushpuppi And His Gang Were Planning A $435m Cyber Heist Before They Were Busted

Hushpuppi

Hushpuppi throughout his arrest

Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of Legal Investigation Division (CID) at Dubai Police mentioned Hushpuppi and his gang have been planning a $435million cyber fraud on a worldwide scale, earlier than they have been busted.

Al Jallaf instructed Gulf At the moment, that the simultaneous raids of Hushpuppi and his gang yielded incriminating paperwork, which have since been confiscated.

Each Gulf At the moment and UAE Nationwide printed salacious particulars of the arrests of the 12-man gang of fraudsters, led by Raymond Igbalode Abbas, also called Hushpuppi.

Additionally arrested with him was Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka “Woodberry”, together with ten different cybercriminals in a particular operation.

Right here is the story as printed by Golf At the moment:

Dubbed “Fox Hunt 2”, the operation took down the suspects for committing crimes exterior the UAE, together with money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, prison impersonating, scamming people, banking fraud and id theft.

Lt. Normal Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, the Commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, mentioned the arrest of ‘Hushpuppi’, ‘Woodberry’ and ten gang members concerned in cash laundering and cyber fraud actions, is one other achievement added to the proud document of Dubai police in guaranteeing the emirate’s safety and security in addition to preserving folks’s cash and property.

“Much like operation ‘Fox Hunt 1’ that took down an African gang of 9 on-line scammers final February, Op ‘Fox Hunt 2’ is one other painful hit to cybercriminals who attempt to mess with the world’s safety and security,” he mentioned.

Al Marri additional reaffirmed the pressure’s dedication to foiling cyber fraud and on-line scams utilizing the newest expertise.

“As criminals always change their prison strategies, Dubai Police work tirelessly to qualify elites of officers and workers specialised in facilitating the newest applied sciences to deal with rising and transnational organised crime,” he mentioned.

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The commander-in-chief of Dubai Police additionally praised the super efforts made by the pressure’s groups who arrested the suspects and mastered using trendy applied sciences.

The director of Dubai CID mentioned the raid resulted in confiscating incriminating paperwork of a deliberate fraud on a worldwide scale price AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million).

“The staff additionally seized greater than Dhs150 million ($40.9 million) in money, 13 luxurious vehicles with an estimated worth of Dhs25 million ($6.eight million) obtained from fraud crimes, and confiscated 21 laptop gadgets, 47 smartphones, 15 reminiscence sticks, 5 arduous disks containing 119,580 fraud information in addition to addresses of 1,926,400 victims”, he mentioned.

After conducting additional investigations and analysing confiscated digital gadgets, Dubai Police investigators uncovered delicate data mined by the suspects on people and firms abroad together with financial institution accounts and pretend bank cards in addition to paperwork and information condemning the gangs’ unlawful actions.

Synchronised Raids


In line with Professional Main Normal Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Legal Investigation Affairs, the suspects have been caught in a collection of synchronised raids by six SWAT groups from Dubai Police.

“The operation was carried out in a extremely skilled method when it comes to planning and execution in addition to setting a zero hour to take down all gang members in the identical time,” Al Mansouri mentioned.

Al Mansouri mentioned the operation foiled the gang’s bid to deceive many individuals from world wide and steal their cash.

He additionally lauded the efforts of the duty pressure assigned to the case.

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“The investigation groups at Dubai Police have achieved an important job in utilising AI-based applied sciences, together with the Legal Information Evaluation Centre at Dubai Police, to trace down the cyber fraudsters,” Al Mansouri mentioned.

Revealing the operation’s particulars, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of Legal Investigation Division (CID) at Dubai Police, mentioned that upon receiving the safety intel about an African gang concerned in money-laundering and cyber fraud, an investigation staff was shaped to trace down the suspects, make the arrest and put an finish to the gang’s unlawful actions which were badly affecting people and firms abroad and concentrating on their financial institution accounts and bank cards.

“After verifying accessible data, the staff has began to trace the gang together with “Hushpuppi”, who celebrated his wealth by way of social media platform, underneath a businessman façade, in an try and lure victims from all around the world,” Al Jallaf mentioned.

Al Jallaf mentioned the anti-cybercrime job pressure was capable of observe the gang members and detect their prison actions together with creating pretend accounts on social media web site with pretend nicknames, hacking company emails to deceive purchasers into earning profits transfers to the gang’s financial institution accounts.

“The suspects additionally focused victims abroad by creating pretend web sites for well-known firms and banks in a bid to steal victims’ bank card data after which launder the stolen cash,” Al Jallaf continued.

The director of Dubai CID mentioned the raid resulted in confiscating incriminating paperwork of a deliberate fraud on a worldwide scale price AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million).

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“The staff additionally seized greater than Dhs150 million ($40.9 million) in money, 13 luxurious vehicles with an estimated worth of Dhs25 million ($6.eight million) obtained from fraud crimes, and confiscated 21 laptop gadgets, 47 smartphones, 15 reminiscence sticks, 5 arduous disks containing 119,580 fraud information in addition to addresses of 1,926,400 victims”, he mentioned.

After conducting additional investigations and analysing confiscated digital gadgets, Dubai Police investigators uncovered delicate data mined by the suspects on people and firms abroad together with financial institution accounts and pretend bank cards in addition to paperwork and information condemning the gangs’ unlawful actions.

Fox Hunt 1


Final February, Dubai Police arrested an African gang of 9 fraudsters specialised in cyber rip-off after that they had run 81 pretend enterprise throughout 18 nations world wide.

Dubbed “Fox Hunt 1” the operation revealed a hidden on-line fraud community that deceived victims into transferring cash in return of job alternatives. The gang used a number of financial institution accounts to generate profits transfers and deposits totalling greater than Dhs32 million ($eight.7 million)

The operation prevented the gang from abusing 800,000 electronic mail addresses and foiled their bid to steal Dhs4 billion ($1.08 billion).

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