INTERPOL hauls in alleged Nigerian cybercrime ringleader

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May 25, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

The cybercrime unit of the Nigeria Police Force alongside INTERPOL arrested a 37-year-old Nigerian man for allegedly running a massive cybercrime operation that used phishing campaigns and business email compromise schemes to scam companies and individual victims.

The arrest, announced Wednesday, follows a major global sting last year that resulted in the arrests of more than a dozen suspects allegedly tied to the notorious Nigerian crime ring, dubbed “SilverTerrier” by cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks. The group is believed to have targeted at least 50,000 victims since it first became active in 2014.

Researchers at Palo Alto Networks found more than 240 domains registered to aliases of the unnamed suspect. More than 50 of the domains were used to control malware.

Authorities initially tried to apprehend the suspect in 2021 but he fled, only to be detained when he attempted to re-enter Nigeria in March 2022. A Facebook account belonging to the suspect confirms he was connected online with three other SilverTerrier members arrested in 2021 and that he tried to off-load a Range Rover for approximately $13,969.84 in U.S. dollars Palo Alton Networks’ Unit 42.

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