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Agari Exposes Nigerian Cybercriminal Kingpin and His Growing Gang

Agari Exposes Nigerian Cybercriminal Kingpin and His Growing Gang (Threat Actors)

FOSTER CITY, Calif. and LONDON, June 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A West African-based scammer gang dubbed "Scattered Canary" has evolved from a one-man, start-up operation to a multi-faceted, scalable, "corporation" with 35 "employees" targeting individuals, businesses, and government agencies, according to the new Threat Actor Dossier published today by Agari , the next-generation Secure Email Cloud that restores trust to the inbox. Scattered Canary, for which Agari has traced fraudulent activity originating from 2008, has grown exponentially from a lone-wolf cybercriminal named "Alpha," operating entry-level Craigslist scams to an entire organization with at least 35 criminal actors working for it. At any one-time, Alpha is orchestrating Scattered Canary's operatives to simultaneously carry out business email compromise (BEC) scams and other fraudulent schemes, including romance scams, tax fraud, social security fraud, credit card fraud, and payroll diversion. Similar to legitimate budding entrepreneurial companies, the Scattered Canary gang has sought to increase business operations by developing and validating scalable business models across a diverse set of revenue streams.

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