RCMP charge two Montrealers over cyber attack of Bell customer accounts

A Bell store is seen on Bloor Street West in Toronto, Thursday, August 15, 2013. The RCMP say they laid charges against two Quebecers for their alleged involvement in a cyber attack of Bell Canada customer accounts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan

MONTREAL - The RCMP say charges have been laid against two Quebecers for their alleged involvement in a cyber attack of Bell Canada customer accounts.

Nana Koranteng and Jesiah Russell-Francis of Montreal are to appear on charges including unauthorized use of a computer, fraud over $5000, conspiracy to commit fraud, laundering proceeds of crime, identity theft, and identity fraud.

The Mounties began the investigation, dubbed Project Abalone, in 2018 after it was notified that some Bell accounts were breached and personal information was stolen.

The RCMP say the suspects were identified after a number of stolen accounts were used to fraudulently purchase goods online.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2019.

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