US, South African police smash cybercrime network

May 21, 2014
outh African police said they have smashed an international cybercrime network operating out of Pretoria and made several arrests in a joint operation with the United States

South African police said Wednesday they have smashed an international cybercrime network operating out of Pretoria and made several arrests in a joint operation with the United States.

US homeland security officers worked with South Africa to bring down "a West African criminal enterprise operating from South Africa with strong links to the United States", South Africa's said in a statement.

A briefing later Wednesday "will announce arrests and charges" in the case.

Arrests have been made in several countries including Canada, South Africa and the United States, South African police spokesman Paul Ramaloko told AFP, without giving numbers.

He said suspects were due to appear in court in Pretoria later Wednesday before being extradited to the United States.

Local media have said there were Nigerian nationals among those arrested.

Explore further: Czech police crack rhinoceros horn smuggling ring

Related Stories

Czech police crack rhinoceros horn smuggling ring

July 23, 2013

Czech authorities said Tuesday they had cracked an international gang smuggling horns of rare white rhinoceroses from South Africa to Asia, where they are prized in traditional medicine.

Interpol, Philippines bust cyber extortion network

May 2, 2014

Philippine police, backed by Interpol, have arrested dozens of suspected members of an online extortion syndicate who duped hundreds of victims worldwide into exposing themselves in front of webcams or engaging in lewd chats, ...

Recommended for you

For these 'cyborgs', keys are so yesterday

September 4, 2015

Punching in security codes to deactivate the alarm at his store became a thing of the past for Jowan Oesterlund when he implanted a chip into his hand about 18 months ago.

How to curb emissions? Put a price on carbon

September 3, 2015

Literally putting a price on carbon pollution and other greenhouse gasses is the best approach for nurturing the rapid growth of renewable energy and reducing emissions.

Magnetic fields provide a new way to communicate wirelessly

September 1, 2015

Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego demonstrated a new wireless communication technique that works by sending magnetic signals through the human body. The new technology could offer a lower power ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Tachyon8491
not rated yet May 22, 2014
Nigeria has one of the most corrupt cultures in the world...

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.