An Aintree man has been arrested in connection with the hacking of a business eBay account as part of an investigation by the Force’s newly created Cyber Dependent Crime Unit.
The 37 year-old was arrested on Friday (9th August) by Matrix officers on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act and Money Laundering. A number of devices have been seized for analysis. The man has now been released under investigation and enquiries are continuing.
Detective Constable Colin Graham said: “This investigation relates to an online gift business which had their eBay account compromised resulting in payments totalling £50,000 being diverted into a criminal account.
“Our advice to businesses operating online is to use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) - a method of confirming someone’s identity - on your accounts where possible as it provides an extra level of protection.
Detective Inspector Mark Keenan said: “We created the specialist Cyber Dependent Crime Unit earlier this year to help the Force respond to the complex challenges posed by cybercrime.
“Often those committing this type of crime believe that they are anonymous but I want criminals to realise that it is possible to trace online criminality straight back to the individual concerned.”
Anyone with information about cybercrime in their area is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.
- If you would like to monitor the work of the Cyber Dependent Crime Unit you can follow them on https://www.linkedin.com/company/merseyside-police-cyber-dependent-crime-unit