Sbu Exposed The Russian-ukrainian Hacker Group

✨ Megiddo

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May 15, 2016
In the Cherkasy region, security officers of Ukraine (SBU), together with colleagues from the local department of the national police, during a special operation stopped the activities of an international hacker group that stole funds from users' accounts of electronic payment systems in Europe and the USA.

Cybercriminals bought data from other people's bank cards at closed hacker forums. They then used this data for purchases at large foreign online sites of expensive electronic equipment and subsequent resale in Ukraine. That is, they worked according to a fairly common scheme.

Law enforcement authorities detained three people suspected of organizing the scheme: a citizen of the Russian Federation living in Kiev, and three residents of Cherkasy region. The group has been operating since 2010, and their annual turnover was 500-700 thousand dollars. It is easy to calculate that over the past nine years, fraudsters have stolen about $ 4.5-6.3 million from other people's bank cards.

During searches at the place of residence of the defendants in the case in Kiev and Cherkassy, law enforcement officers seized, in particular, computer equipment and tablets, which stored data confirming illegal purchases at the expense of others. Illegally procured goods were also detected: smart watches, iPad tablets, iPhone phones, GoPro cameras, navigators, video recorders, echo sounders and more than $ 5,000 in cash.

The suspects are accused under Part 2 of Art. 361 (unauthorized interference with the operation of electronic computers (computers), automated systems, computer networks or telecommunication networks) and part 2 of article 209 (legalization of proceeds of crime) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. A pre-trial investigation is ongoing.

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