Hackers Targeted Universities

Cooperation Helps Bring Down International Cyber Thieves

Two men who were citizens of Nigeria, living in Malaysia, and conducting their crimes from behind computers likely assumed they were safe from the reach of American law enforcement when they hacked into university computer systems to steal paychecks and tax returns.

But through strong partnerships with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), the Department of Justice, and Malaysian authorities, the FBI was able to identify, arrest, and extradite Olayinka Olaniyi and Damilola Soloman Ibiwoye to face charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, computer fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

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