The United States interior ministry said on Sunday that police has arrested three Nigerians in the United Arab Emirates who specialised in hacking into US bank accounts from the Arab country.
The trio who formed a cell were arrested following a tip-off from police in California about “cyber-criminal activity based in the UAE”, a statement said.
The mastermind of the cell is aged 24, while the other two are both 26. They had all entered the UAE as tourists.
They had targeted individuals and institutions in the United States by hacking their emails and accounts to steal private documents and details.
When police raided their hideout in the emirate of Ajman, officers found a list of more than five million electronic bank accounts.
Cybercrimes are punishable by imprisonment and fines of up to two million dirhams ($545 million) in the UAE.
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