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Dubai Police hand over international cybercriminal to the FBI

On June 25, Dubai Police arrested notorious cybercriminals Hushpuppi and Woodbery along with 10 of their operatives in a special operation

Dubai Police hand over international cybercriminal to the FBI

Dubai Police have handed Nigerian cybercriminal to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the force said on Thursday.

In a statement, FBI Director Christopher Wray expressed the US government’s appreciation for handing over Raymod Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, as well as Olalekan Jacob Ponle, also known as Woodbery.

“[The director] expressed his thanks for the exceptional efforts [of Dubai] in fighting organised cybercrimes and arresting Hushpuppi and Woodbery,” a statement from Dubai Police said.

On June 25, Dubai Police arrested Hushpuppi and Woodbery along with 10 of their operatives in a special operation dubbed ‘Fox Hunt 2’.

Dubai Police said the crimes includes money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft.

Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs said the suspects were caught in a series of synchronised raids by six SWAT teams from Dubai Police.

"The operation was carried out in a highly professional manner in terms of planning and execution as well as setting a zero hour to take down all gang members in the same time," Al Mansouri said.

Speaking about the operation's details, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Dubai Police, said that upon receiving the security intel about an African gang involved in money-laundering and cyber fraud, an investigation team was formed to track down the suspects and arrest them over their illegal activities which targeted bank accounts and credit cards of individuals and companies overseas.

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