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issued February 10, 2021 at 2:43 p.m.
The fraud used, known as « SIM swapping », involves taking control of a phone and then its accounts and applications by changing passwords.
(Boursier.com) – Cryptomoney is definitely on the rise… Europol, the European law enforcement agency, announced Wednesday the arrest of ten hackers suspected of stealing 100 million dollars (82 million euros) in cryptomoney from celebrities in the United States after gaining access to their mobile phones.
« The attacks orchestrated by this criminal group have targeted thousands of victims in 2020, including famous Internet ‘influencers’, sports stars, musicians and their families, » the agency said in a statement published on its website.
« SIM swapping »
Eight people were arrested on Tuesday following an investigation launched in the spring of 2020 and carried out by police in the UK, USA, Belgium, Malta and Canada, in coordination with Europol. Two other hackers were arrested earlier in Malta and Belgium, Europol said.
The fraud, known as SIM swapping, involves taking control of a phone and then its accounts and applications by changing passwords.