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Using the Office 365 Activities API to Investigate Business Email Compromises

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Business email compromises (BECs) are a big problem across a multitude of industries. Just last week, the FBI participated in an international BEC takedown, arresting 74 individuals across the United States, Nigeria, Canada, Mauritius and Poland. In 2016, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) named BEC “the $3.1 Billion Scam”, with some predicting losses to exceed $9 Billion in 2018. In May 2018, the Ghanaian Police Intelligence Unit arrested 42 Nigerians and two Ghanaians for committing “cyber fraud and robbery” related to BEC activity. Of course, the vast majority of BEC incidents do not end in arrests and convictions. In fact, the barriers to prosecution account in large part for the rampant growth of BEC crimes.

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