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People watch the sunset over the skyline with Burj Khalifa at right in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Oct. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Police in Dubai arrested hackers who allegedly tried to blackmail White House officials


Dubai police have arrested hackers who were allegedly targeting White House officials in a blackmail email scam, United Arab Emirates media reported Monday.

Dubai police did not respond to The Associated Press's requests for comment. 

Maj. Saud al-Khalidi of Dubai police said an "African gang" breached the emails of five senior White House officials and "got highly confidential information." Three suspects, all between the ages of 24 and 26, were arrested. 

The suspects had a list of "5 million bank accounts," hacking software and millions of dollars in assets, al-Khalidi said. They had entered the UAE on visitor visas a few years ago. 

The reports did not identify which officials were targeted. Al-Khalidi reportedly said the suspects would be handed over to the U.S. for possible criminal trials.

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