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17 January 2011

Maldives police arrest cybercrime suspects with support from INTERPOL High-Tech Crime Unit

MALE, the Maldives – The Police Service in the Maldives has arrested four individuals suspected of involvement with recent cyber attacks against the internet service provided by local telecom giant Dhiraagu.

Police said the suspects arrested in the capital Male and Addu atoll included a 16-year-old, two 17-year-olds and a 28-year-old man. The three minors were reportedly caught red-handed with the equipments used for the denial of service attack, following an investigation by the Maldives Police Service with technical and operational assistance from INTERPOL's High Tech Crime Unit at the world police body's General Secretariat in Lyon.

According to police, the country has undergone a number of attacks on government and commercial websites in recent months, which has led to specially trained officers focusing on investigating the online criminal activity.

Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing areas of crime, as more and more criminals exploit the speed, convenience and anonymity that modern technologies offer in order to commit a diverse range of crimes. These include attacks against computer data and systems, identity theft, online piracy, and the distribution of child sexual abuse images.

INTERPOL collects, stores, analyses and shares information on cybercrime with all its 188 member countries through I-24/7, its global police communications system.

INTERPOL's High-Tech Crime Unit facilitates operational co-operation among member countries through global and regional IT crime expert group meetings and training workshops, as well as co-operation among law enforcement, Industry and academia. It also assists member countries in the event of cyber-attacks or cybercrime investigations through investigative and database services.