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Young Nigerian Billionaire In US Arrested For Hacking

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The cause of his arrest was due to the hacking of an enormous sum of money worth over $11m fraud wired to an account belonging to the Unatrac Holding Limited CEO, a steel company.

Obinwanne Okeke, a young billionaire and Invictus Group CEO, has been arrested for an alleged hacking crime by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The young billionaire suspected to have committed a computer fraud was as at 2016 named among Forbes’ Africa’s 30 Under 30.

The cause of his arrest was due to the hacking of an enormous sum of money worth over $11m fraud wired to an account belonging to the Unatrac Holding Limited CEO, a steel company.

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Okeke was alleged to have joined some other persons to gain access into the CEO’s computer with his approval.

In a statement signed by the Marshall Ward, a Special Agent of FBI, Unatrac Holding Limited representative, an alarm was raised immediately the dubious transaction was done from the company’s account through a strange email address.

Quoting part of the statement read:

“Unatrac’s Chief Financial Officer received a phishing email containing a web link purportedly to the login page of the CFO’s online email account hosted by Microsoft Office365. When the CFO opened the link, it instead led him to a phishing website crafted to imitate the legitimate Office365 login page.”

“Believing the page to be real, he entered his login credentials, which were captured by an unknown intruder who controlled the spoofed web page.”

The statement further said, between April 6 and April 20, 2018, the fraudsters hacked into the CEO’s account about 464 times, and most were from Internet Protocol (IP) addresses in Nigeria.

The statement has prompted an investigation since July 2018 after which the FBI look through the submitted documents and had to arrest Okeke.

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Nigerian President’s head of digital communications Tolu Ogunlessi confirmed the reports through his post on twitter.

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