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Interpol’s Response To Nigeria’s Rising Cybercrime Rates

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The section is based in the National Central Bureau (NCB) in Abuja and is run by Garba Baba Umar, assistant inspector general of police (Interpol) and director of the NCB.

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The unit has up-to-date forensic equipment and detectives with professional training and information technology experience on staff. The division is equipped with cutting-edge capabilities for analyzing various digital devices, gathering evidence using high-tech digital forensic tools, looking at various sorts of documents, and information header analysis.

In order to support the integrity of the investigation process, staff is also trained in acquiring intelligence and creating the most thorough reports.

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It is impossible to overestimate Interpol’s contribution to the investigation and prevention of crimes in Nigeria. For instance, a Nigerian national was taken into custody on August 1 as a suspect in an Internet fraud case. He was found to have embezzled a total of $60 million, according to the inquiry.

The hacker controlled a group of 40 individuals in South Africa, Malaysia, and Nigeria who used malware to access accounts and carry out fraudulent activities.

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Small and medium-sized enterprises from all around the world, including the US, Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa, and Thailand, had their email accounts compromised by the network.

In the city of Port Harcourt, Interpol agents apprehended the criminal organization’s leader and several of his associates.

It is important to note that cybercrime is a problem in Nigeria that affects both the country and the world. In 2017, the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit was created.

Uche Ifeni Henry, the district attorney, presently serves as the unit’s leader. The Nigerian government’s answer to the yearly rise in internet-related crime was to take this measure.

The Nigerian Police, in its resolve to battle this kind of crime, has successfully carried out operations to thwart criminal activities and look into situations where crimes have already been committed, working with Interpol police groups.

This explains why the squad was created by the police leadership, under the direction of the Inspector-General of Police.

Operation Falcone was carried out on November 25, 2020 by the Interpol Cybercrime Office, Nigerian Police, and Group-IB experts to thwart the plans of Nigerian criminals who had attacked at least 500,000 public and private companies in more than 150 nations, including Russia.

The successful operation led to the capture of three criminals who used phishing websites to trick people into downloading harmful malware onto their machines.

Under the name “Falcone II,” the operation went on to involve Russian Federation law enforcement.

11 accused members of the branching cybercrime network were apprehended during those incidents.

Interestingly, Interpol representatives from Russia frequently participate in international operations, including ones that take place in Nigeria.

The Russian Federation’s deputy attorney general and state councilor of justice play a specific role in the country’s ongoing efforts to combat cybercrime. He first gained notoriety in the 1990s after capturing more than 90 offenders. He was chosen twice to serve on the commission of Interpol, an international police organization. He obtained valuable experience there that he has used in his work to stop illegal Internet activity.

The elections for the position of Interpol vice-president will take place in October, and the Russian representative will make every effort to win this position in order to garner worldwide support for cybersecurity.

The activities of Interpol stretch well beyond cyber security as well. For instance, during an Interpol operation in Benin and Nigeria in 2016, authorities were able to free more than 200 victims of trafficking, 157 of them were minors.

The international police organization’s systems allowed the organized criminal cell to be captured on the Benin-Nigeria border despite the fact that their vehicles, cash, mobile phones, and computers had all been seized.

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