Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Cyber in Nigeria: Local Hub of Crime with Deep Roots

Nigeria continues to be known globally as the lead in Internet scams.  The Nigerian government has stepped up efforts to combat these crimes and recently arrested “Mike” who headed the infamous cyber hacking group using 419 scams.   Mike is alleged to be a major operator within a global network of cybercriminals that included money laundering in the U.S., Europe and China.   This information is being supplied for your situational awareness.
  • Nigerian 419 scams have evolved into a wider range of cybercrime and terrorist support.
  • Worldwide militant extremists often take every advantage in the unstable cyber environment.
  • A recent Nigerian arrest shines a spotlight on their old problem, yet shows positive international solutions.

Publication date:                   5 November 2016
Handling requirements:       Traffic light protocol (TLP) GREEN
Attribution/Threat Actors:   419 type Nigerian hacker group (collusion w/Boko Haram)
Actor Type:                            Adversary capabilities have been assessed as Tier III*
Potential Targets:                  Worldwide unsuspecting victims
Past Reporting:                      DOC-3993, DOC-4283, DOC-3931
* Practitioners who focus on the discovery and use of unknown malicious code, are adept at installing user and kernel mode root kits10, frequently use data mining tools, target corporate executives and key users (government and industry) for the purpose of stealing personal and corporate data with the expressed purpose of selling the information to other criminal elements.

The full attribution report has been published in its entirety in the Red Sky Alliance portal.  For more information please contact the lab directly at 844-4-WAPACK, 603-606-1246, or

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