Required: Massive email fraud bust. Tired: Cops who did the paperwork. Expired: 281 suspected con men's freedom

Required: Massive email fraud bust. Tired: Cops who did the paperwork. Expired: 281 suspected con men's freedom

Alleged whaling crooks cuffed in global crime crackdown


US prosecutors say 281 suspected criminal hackers around the world have been arrested as part of a massive takedown operation against so-called business email compromise operations. That's the type of caper in which crooks hijack executives' email accounts, or impersonate the staffers, to trick colleagues into wiring funds to fraudsters' accounts.


In a coordinated effort dubbed Operation reWired, law enforcement officers from the US, UK, Nigeria, Turkey, Ghana, France, Italy, Kenya, and Malaysia arrested people they believe to have been running targeted phishing and fraud campaigns against businesses worldwide.


In total, 281 arrests were made and around $3.7m in cash was seized by police. In America alone, 74 people have been arrested, while Nigerian police cuffed 167 suspects. According to US attorneys, the massive law enforcement action included agents from the FBI, Secret Service, Postal Inspection Service, IRS, the ..