Two Convicted on Charges Stemming from Phishing Scams

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Two Convicted on Charges Stemming from Phishing Scams

Lance Wallace | August 15, 2018
• Atlanta, GA

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After luring employees at Georgia Tech and the University of Virginia, among others, into giving them personal information back in 2015, two Nigerian nationals have been convicted in federal court in Atlanta on a variety of charges.

Georgia Tech’s cybersecurity team worked closely with investigators to gather evidence that led to the extradition of the two men who were based in Malaysia at the time of their phishing attacks.

“The Institute’s cybersecurity team, including a former member who is now chief information security officer at the University of Virginia, did a great job bringing these people to justice with their testimony in Washington,” said Georgia Tech Police Chief Robert Connolly. “Kudos to the expertise of our cybersecurity team, who protect our network every day.”

Olayinka Olaniyi, a citizen of Nigeria, was convicted by a federal jury on August 9, 2018, after a three-day trial, on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, computer fraud and aggravated identity theft. Co-defendant Damilola Solomon Ibiwoye pleaded guilty to similar charges and was sentenced on January 31, 2018.

“These defendants used trickery to lure and exploit their unsuspecting victims, but they will now face the consequences of their scheme in federal prison,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “We are grateful for the collaborative work by our national and international law enforcement partners in this case, and we will continue to vigorously prosecute cybercriminals who hide behind the anonymity of the internet to commit these types of crimes.”

“The FBI is determined to arrest criminals who believe they can hide out on the internet, protected by geographic boundaries, and prey on the American people and our institutions,” said J.C. “Chris” Hacker, special agent in charge of the FBI Atlanta …

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