Hacker who swindled $3m held in Dubai hotel

A foreigner who hacked a Chinese company website and swindled millions of dollars was arrested from a Dubai hotel.

According to media reports, the incident came to light when a UAE trader who lost $3million filed a complaint with Dubai Police. The victim, who had business connections with the said Chinese firm, received an email from the company requesting him to transfer $3million to its account.

He duly transferred the amount because he was used to dealing with huge sums of money with the company. He never confirmed with the officials in China if they received the amount because such transactions were common between them, he told investigating officials.

However, a few days later he learnt that the email he received was not sent by the company.

He immediately filed a complaint and investigations by the anti-crimes department of Dubai Police revealed that the company website had been hacked by the suspect. He not only obtained important data but also used the offical email id to contact its clients and defraud millions.

The suspect was tracked down and arrested from a Dubai hotel. His bank accounts are frozen and he is referred to Public Prosecution.


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