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Dubai police arrest hackers targeting White House officials

AP
Published : Apr 3, 2017, 4:56 pm IST
Updated : Apr 3, 2017, 4:57 pm IST

Maj Saud al-Khalidi of Dubai police said that three suspects arrested had entered the UAE on visitor visas a few years ago.

 Maj. Saud al-Khalidi of Dubai police as saying an 'African gang' broke into the emails of the five senior officials and 'got highly confidential information'. (Photo: Representational/File)
  Maj. Saud al-Khalidi of Dubai police as saying an 'African gang' broke into the emails of the five senior officials and 'got highly confidential information'. (Photo: Representational/File)

Dubai: Dubai police have arrested foreign hackers who targeted five senior White House officials in a blackmail email scam, state-owned media reported on Monday.

The Arabic-language Al Bayan newspaper and the television channel Dubai One reported the arrests, while Dubai police did not answer repeated calls for comment.

The arrests come as the United Arab Emirates, which hosts some 4,000 U.S. troops fighting the Islamic State group, remains a crucial regional ally.

Al Bayan quoted Maj. Saud al-Khalidi of Dubai police as saying an "African gang" broke into the emails of the five senior officials and "got highly confidential information." He said the US 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 three suspects. Those arrested are between 24 and 26 years of age and had a list of "5 million bank accounts," as well as hacking software and millions of dollars in assets, he said.

The major said the three people had entered the UAE on visitor visas a few years ago. The reports did not identify the White House officials targeted. Al-Khalidi reportedly said those suspects would be handed over to the United States for possible criminal trials.

The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi did not respond to requests for comment.

Tags: email scam, white house officials, hackers, dubai police
Location: United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Dubai