According to an article on KSL.com, “Dubai police have arrested foreign hackers who targeted five senior White House officials in a blackmail email scam.” Hackers are getting more aggressive than ever. Just last month a hacker wanted $100,000 from Apple as a ransom for data the hacker had involving 200 million iPhones. The hacker threatened to “wipe” the phones if Apple refused to pay the $100,000.
But according to the KSL.com article, the hackers trying to get access to the White House failed and were arrested. “The arrests come as the United Arab Emirates, which hosts some 4,000 U.S. troops fighting the Islamic State group, remains a crucial regional ally. Al Bayan quoted Maj. Saud al-Khalidi of Dubai police as saying an African gang broke into the emails of the five senior officials and got highly confidential information. He said the U.S. asked Dubai police for assistance.”
The US Received Help from Dubai Police
Al-Khalidi was also a stated that investigators tracked down the gang. They were in an apartment in the emirate of Ajman. Three suspects were arrested. Those arrested are between 24 and 26 years of age and had a list of 5 million bank accounts. They also possessed hacking software and millions of dollars in assets, he said.
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Read the full article about the hackers who targeted White House staff at KSL.com.