The International Police Organization arrested three Nigerians for criminal activities.
INTERPOL detained them for their alleged involvement in a cyber scam targeting governments and private companies in more than 150 countries.
They were said to be part of a criminal organization that allegedly compromised thousands of government and private companies around the world.
A statement posted on the Interpol website on Wednesday said the arrest was carried out by a joint operation of Interpol, a cybersecurity company, Group-IB, and the Nigerian Police, labeled ‘Operation Falcon’.
Explaining the suspects’ mode of operation, Interpol said the gang targeted massive email phishing campaigns that distributed popular malware varieties under the guise of purchase orders, product inquiries, and even COVID-19 aid while posed as legitimate companies.
The statement read: “The suspects are alleged to have developed phishing links, domains and mass mailing campaigns in which they posed as representatives of organizations.
“So they used these campaigns to spread 26 malware, spyware and remote access tools, including AgentTesla, Loki, Azorult, Spartan, and the remote access Trojans nanocore and Remcos.
“These programs were used to infiltrate and monitor the systems of victim organizations and individuals, before launching scams and diverting funds.
“According to Group-IB, the prolific gang is believed to have engaged government and private sector companies in more than 150 countries since 2017.”
Interpol’s director of cybercrime, Craig Jones, was quoted as saying that public-private relations are important in disrupting virtual crime, stressing that “cooperation in the investigation will disrupt well-established criminal business models.”
Based on the infrastructure the attackers used and their techniques, Interpol revealed that Group-IB was also able to establish that the gang was divided into subgroups with a number of individuals still at large.
“Findings about other suspected gang members, whom Group-IB was able to locate, have been shared with Interpol’s Cybercrime Bureau. The investigation continues, ”he added.