The Department of Justice has announced that 281 people have been arrested for their part in an operation targeting businesses’ emails.
Officials say that 74 of the suspects were arrested in the United States, with the remainder being divided up as 167 in Nigeria, 18 in Turkey, and 15 in Ghana. Arrests were also made in France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom. The arrests were made as part of an international cooperation between the countries.
BEC, also known as “cyber-enabled financial fraud,” is a sophisticated scam often targeting employees with access to company finances and businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments.