Ukrainian Hacker Caught Selling Government Databases for Crypto

Ukrainian Hacker Caught Promoting Authorities Databases for Crypto

A Ukrainian hacker obtained caught promoting confidential info gathered from Ukrainian central authorities databases. 

Based on a media launch from the Ukrainian Cyberpolice, a hacker whose id was not disclosed was in a position to break into many authorities databases by compromising private accounts of approved employees. 

The hacker reportedly used brute drive approaches to interrupt into electronic mail addresses and social media accounts. By means of this straightforward technique, he seems to have discovered 50 authorities databases with up-to-date info.

He then sought to promote the captured info on hacker boards in change for cryptocurrency. Authorities didn’t disclose which foreign money was used.

The police searched the perpetrator’s condominium and confiscated the gear that was used to conduct these offers. An image from what seems to be his pc exhibits a Skype dialog supposedly in reference to these offers. The hacker informed a possible buyer that the worth was “6.5 [rubles] for one legitimate [entry].” Presumably the shopper was situated in Russia, as Ukraine’s foreign money is the hryvnia. The value quote quantities to about $0.10 per database entry.

The perpetrator was charged with “unauthorized sale and distribution of knowledge with restricted entry,” a criminal offense with a most jail sentence of 5 years. Given the dearth of excessive treason prices, it appears possible that the info was not terribly delicate.

Different hacking tales

Hackers will usually use cryptocurrency to promote delicate information. As Cointelegraph reported earlier in July, a hacker group netted over $7 million by promoting stolen bank card information.

One widespread hacking technique involving cryptocurrencies is ransomware, the place malware encrypts the pc’s information and requests fee in crypto to unlock it. Regardless of many reported assaults, a current discovering exhibits that the frequency of those exploits declined in 2020.

A excessive profile information leak the crypto world in Could, when a SIM swapping assault resulted within the compromise of BlockFi’s buyer database.