Qatari company falls prey to international hacking gang

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A Qatari food-related company fell prey to an international hacking gang that monitored its  emails and siphoned off $111,000 by posing as a client.

The company filed a case with the Court of Appeal when the client refused to honour the deal because they never received the money, as reported by The Peninsula.


The Qatar Court of Appeal issued a ruling supporting the Qatari company and ordered the client company to pay $111,000 and 880 cents along with a compensation of  QR10m. 

It may be mentioned that the hackers had frozen the email account of the Gulf-based client company before sending an email that looked similar to that of the client.

Following this, the Qatari company was asked to transfer $111,000 in the said email so that the shipment could be dispatched. 

However, the bank to which the money need to be transferred was in Europe, although the account bore the same name of the company.

It was after the transfer was made that the Qatari company contacted the client who realised that the money was transferred to a wrong account.

The money was however withdrawn and the bank account was closed. The client company refused to bear any responsibility and cancelled the shipment.

The Qatari company filed a case with the Court of Appeals and won the case in its favour.