Suspected case of cybercrime relating to a development cooperation project investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation

Suspected case of cybercrime relating to a development cooperation project investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is investigating a suspected case of cybercrime related to a legal sector project conducted by Finland and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kyrgyzstan.

The investigation concerns a disbursement of EUR 400,000 made by Finland to the UNDP in February 2018, of which a part has ended on wrong accounts. The case does not concern misuse of funds within the programme but an external professional cybercriminal is suspected of the act.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs made a request for investigation of the matter to the NBI in March 2018. The NBI continues to investigate the case.

 

Inquiries:

Questions related to the investigation: Antti Perälä, Detective Chief Inspector, National Bureau of Investigation,tel. +358 295 486 615

Questions relating to Finland’s support to the UNDP: Sannamaaria Vanamo, Deputy Director General of the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 295351 529 (until 21 June); Päivi Peltokoski, Director of Unit, tel. +358 295 351 523 (from 25 June onwards).