INTERPOL ARRESTS THREE CYBER CRIME SUSPECTS
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit, INTERPOL, Abuja have arrested three suspects for mass email phishing campaigns and distribution of malwares aimed at stealing authentication data from browsers and email headers.
The suspects are: Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere a.k.a Ceeceeboss TMT 32yrs ‘m’ who resides at Lekki, Lagos State, native of Aro-Ikpa in Abia State, Ikechukwu Ohanedozie a.k.a Dozzy 34yrs ‘m’ and Onuegwu Ifeanyi a.k.a SSGToolz 35yrs ‘m’ of Prof’s Avenue, Umudagu, Mbieri, Mba-itolu LGA, Imo State.
The trio were arrested following an Intelligence report received from INTERPOL Cybercrime Directorate in Singapore on global attacks by Nigerian cyber gangs who engaged in the said crimes.
Findings by the police revealed that Onuegwu Ifeanyi specializes in creating, designing, selling of phishing links and hosting malwares on websites used by the gang for phishing and hacking purposes.
He collects charges running into several millions of naira from other fraudsters he mentors and improves their phishing capabilities.
Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere, a graduate of Business Administration from Imo State University, specializes in business email compromise and hacking.
According to the police, a comprehensive forensic analysis revealed that Chidiebere had in his laptop-computer over 50,000 email accounts and websites including passwords of various individuals and corporate entities across the world.
He recruited the third suspect Ikechukwu Ohanedozie, a medical student of Imo State University, into the gang.
Ikechukwu Ohanedozie sorts and profiles e-mail accounts to determine financial strengths of prospective victims and passes on information obtained therefrom to Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere.
The Police said all the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigation and prosecuted in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015.
The Nigeria Police on Thursday, November 19, announced the launch of a Cybercrime Web Portal. The portal is part of the authorities' effort to ensure prompt investigation, arrest, and prosecutors of cybercrime-related offences.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu Mohammed,has reiterated the commitment of the Force in protecting the cyber space and bringing all cyber criminals to book.
He reassured confidentiality of all reports and complaints made to the Police through the cyber portal.