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Call Center Employee Arrested for Digital Extortion in Morocco

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Call Center Employee Arrested for Digital Extortion in Morocco

In a meticulously coordinated operation, a 42-year-old call center employee was arrested in Casablanca on Monday, November 27, suspected of digital extortion and threats to disturb public order. The National Bureau for Combating Terrorism and Organized Crime, under the National Judicial Police Brigade, in conjunction with the services of the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance, apprehended the suspect following field investigations and technical expertise.

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Unveiling the Cyber Threat

The preliminary investigation brought to light that the accused had dispatched emails to several hospitality, service, and educational institutions both within Morocco and internationally. The emails demanded substantial sums of money in return for not executing threats of fictitious terrorist attacks targeting these establishments. These false threats not only sowed seeds of panic but also endangered the sense of security and stability.

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A Twist of Revenge

Delving deeper into the matter, the investigation revealed a personal vendetta. The accused had included the bank account number of a Moroccan citizen residing abroad in the threatening emails. This act was construed as an attempt at revenge stemming from past business disputes, further complicating the case.

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Arrest and Investigation

Upon the arrest of the suspect, computer equipment and digital storage media were seized. These are currently under technical scrutiny to extract any digital evidence related to the criminal acts. The suspect now remains in custody for a judicial investigation. The competent public prosecutor's office oversees the investigation, aiming to elucidate all circumstances and details surrounding these criminal acts.

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