Threat Intelligence

5/25/2017
01:43 PM
50%
50%

3 Nigerian Cyberthieves Sentenced to Total of 235 Years in Prison

Using love-struck girlfriends found on the Internet to help them carry out their schemes, three Nigerian cyberthieves and their cohorts made off with tens of millions of dollars in pilfered goods before they were ultimately sentenced to a collective total of 235 years in prison.

A federal district court sentenced three Nigerian cybercriminals to a collective 235 years in prison for tens of millions of dollars in intended losses via identity theft, credit card fraud, mail fraud, and pilfering government property, the US Department of Justice announced today.

Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, received a 25-year prison sentence; Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, received a 95-year prison sentence; and Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, was sentenced to 115 years in prison. The three were part of a 20-member gang of cyberthieves, of which six were extradited from South Africa to Mississippi to face charges in the case.

The defendants and their cohorts relied on Internet dating schemes to lure unsuspecting women to carry out their money laundering of counterfeit checks and money orders via MoneyGrams and Western Union transactions, make purchases of electronics and other goods with stolen credit card numbers, and use stolen personal identification information to commander victims' bank accounts, according to the Department of Justice.

The three Nigerians and other group members associated with the cybercrime ring had been conducting their pilfering going back to at least 2001 before they were extradited to the US from South Africa in 2015 to face charges for their crimes.

Read more about the case here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
5/27/2017 | 1:58:13 PM
Abhorrent Utilization of Innocent People
I, for one, am very pleased at the outcome for sentencing of these cyberthieves. Using unsuspecting innocent people as a means for your illegal activities is deplorable. 
Want Your Daughter to Succeed in Cyber? Call Her John
John De Santis, CEO, HyTrust,  5/16/2018
Don't Roll the Dice When Prioritizing Vulnerability Fixes
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark Reading,  5/15/2018
New Mexico Man Sentenced on DDoS, Gun Charges
Dark Reading Staff 5/18/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
Flash Poll
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
Most enterprises are using threat intel services, but many are still figuring out how to use the data they're collecting. In this Dark Reading survey we give you a look at what they're doing today - and where they hope to go.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-11321
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-22
An issue was discovered in com_fields in Joomla! Core before 3.8.8. Inadequate filtering allows users authorised to create custom fields to manipulate the filtering options and inject an unvalidated option.
CVE-2018-11322
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-22
An issue was discovered in Joomla! Core before 3.8.8. Depending on the server configuration, PHAR files might be handled as executable PHP scripts by the webserver.
CVE-2018-11323
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-22
An issue was discovered in Joomla! Core before 3.8.8. Inadequate checks allowed users to modify the access levels of user groups with higher permissions.
CVE-2018-11324
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-22
An issue was discovered in Joomla! Core before 3.8.8. A long running background process, such as remote checks for core or extension updates, could create a race condition where a session that was expected to be destroyed would be recreated.
CVE-2018-11325
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-22
An issue was discovered in Joomla! Core before 3.8.8. The web install application would autofill password fields after either a form validation error or navigating to a previous install step, and display the plaintext password for the administrator account at the confirmation screen.