Dubai Police Arrest Hackers Targeting White House Staff
Dubai (UAE) police have arrested foreign hackers who targeted 5 senior White House officials in a blackmail e-Mail scam, state-owned media reported Monday.
The Arabic-language Al Bayan newspaper and the television channel Dubai One reported the arrests, while Dubai police did not answer a call for comment.
The arrests come as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which hosts some 4,000 US troops fighting the Islamic State group, remains a Key regional ally.
Al Bayan quoted Maj. Saud al-Khalidi of Dubai police as saying an “African Gang” broke into the e-Mails of the 5 senior officials and “got highly confidential information.”
He said the US had asked Dubai police for assistance.
Al-Khalidi was quoted as saying that investigators tracked down the Gang to an apartment in the emirate of Ajman and arrested 3 suspects. Those arrested are between 24 and 26 years of age and had a list of “5-M bank accounts,” as well as hacking software and millions of dollars in assets, he said.
The major said the 3 people had entered the UAE on visitor visas a few years ago. Al-Khalidi reportedly said those suspects would be handed over to the United States for criminal prosecutions.
The reports did not identify the White House officials targeted.
The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi did not respond to requests for comment.