Nigeria’s police cyber-crime unit has arrested a 37-year-old man alleged to be the head of a transnational cyber-crime syndicate.
The syndicate launched mass phishing campaigns and business email compromise schemes targeting companies and individual victims, according to a statement by Interpol.
The Nigerian was arrested at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos in an operation – codenamed Delilah – that spanned four continents, it said.
“I hope the results of Operation Delilah will stand as a reminder to cyber-criminals across the world that law enforcement will continue to pursue them, and that this arrest will bring comfort to victims of the suspect’s alleged campaigns,” said Nigeria’s Assistant Inspector General Garba Baba Umar.
Interpol said there had been an increase in many forms of cyber-crime in recent years.