Alleged Members of Cybercrime Gang Arrested in Dubai

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The Dubai Police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) recently arrested four alleged members of a cybercrime gang that's accused of stealing approximately $2 million from companies in the country.

"Major General Khamis Matter Al Mazeina, acting chief of Dubai Police, said on Sunday that a gang of Asians and Africans [worked] with hackers in order to enter different Web sites and systems of different companies here in Dubai in order to transfer money inside and outside the country," writes GulfNews.com's Bassma Al Jandaly.

"Al Mazeina said the fraudsters ... were arrested as a result of a successful e-police operation," Khaleej Times reports. "Code named 'Al Ahlam' -- Arabic for 'dreams' -- the CID team tracked down four suspects using new technology and e-tracking devices."

"Deputy director of Dubai Police CID, Brigadier Salem Khalifa Al Rumaithy, said cops were alerted to the gang’s activities after receiving a complaint about electronic fraud from one firm," 7 Days in Dubai reports. "He said: 'The accounts of one UAE company were hacked into by a criminal from overseas and he changed bank details. The company ended up transferring money to the modified bank account, thinking it was the real company account.'"

"The mastermind of the operation, identified as D.Q. from Africa, admitted to taking part in other similar scams," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "He was in charge of the business process and acted as a mediator between the gang members. His two accomplices, both Asians, were in charge of receiving the illegally transferred funds, respectively with setting up fake companies on the Internet."