Interpol arrests those responsible for the BEC attacks.
Interpol arrests those responsible for the BEC attacks. The Nigeria Police Force has arrested the accused leader of the SilverTerrier cybercrime organization after a year-long international investigation.
“The suspect is accused of running an international cybercrime ring that launched mass phishing attacks and business email compromise schemes targeting organizations and individual victims,” stated Interpol in a statement.
The concerted multinational operation, known as Operation Delilah, involves tracing the 37-year-old Nigerian man’s physical movements until he was caught at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos in March 2022.
Group-IB, based in Singapore, claimed it supplied threat intelligence that led to the arrest as part of a police probe that began in May 2021.
The unnamed suspect is said to have been active since 2015 and involved in the creation of over 240 domains, 50 of which were used to provide command-and-control for malware such as LokiBot, according to Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42, which also assisted in the investigation into SilverTerrier activity.
Unit 42 further stated that the criminal actor eluded capture during a previous operation by fleeing Nigeria in June 2021, only to be apprehended while attempting to return home earlier this March. Furthermore, before fleeing the country, he attempted to sell his Autobiography Special Edition Range Rover on Facebook for 5.8 million Naira (about $14,000).
This is the third in a series of law enforcement efforts targeted at identifying and apprehending alleged SilverTerrier gang members (aka TMT).
Three accused members of the gang were detained in November 2020 for compromising at least 500,000 government and commercial sector firms in over 150 countries since 2017. This was followed by the arrests of 11 other members earlier this year as part of the Falcon operation.
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