Eight people have been detained in the UK as part of an investigation into fraudulent SIM cards of famous American athletes and musicians. This was reported on Tuesday, February 9, by the National Crime Agency of Great Britain (NCA) on its website.
The detainees, who range in age from 18 to 26, are suspected of using sim-swapping, a type of fraud in which an attacker, after learning the victim’s phone number, reissues her sim card to gain full access to the accounts.
“Eight people were detained in England and Scotland as part of an investigation into a series of sim-swapping attacks in which criminals illegally gained access to the phones of known victims in the United States,” the report said.
The agency specified that the investigation involved employees of the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI and the Santa Clara County Prosecutor’s Office in California.
The scammers managed to steal money, bitcoins, personal information, as well as gain access to the social networks of famous victims. The names of celebrities affected by the cybercriminals were not disclosed.