Threat Management

Suspected U.S. network hackers arrested

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that four individuals suspected to have hacked U.S. networks were arrested in Sweden and the U.K., reports BleepingComputer. Akinola Taylor, Olakunle Oyebanjo, and Kazeem Olanrewaju Runsewe of Nigeria, as well as Olayemi Adafin of the U.K. have been indicted for transnational wire fraud and identity theft for fraudulent tax return filing in the U.S., with Taylor and Runsewe compromising U.S. company servers and stealing personally identifiable information. Meanwhile, Oyebanjo and Adafin have been accused of helping conduct money laundering. "One of the places that Taylor and Runsewe had obtained unauthorized access to computer servers was the xDedic Marketplace, a website that operated for years and was used to sell access to compromised computers worldwide and personally identifiable information of U.S. residents," said the Justice Department. All of the suspects could be sentenced for up to two decades if found guilty for wire fraud, and could face more penalties for identity theft and money theft.

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