Million dollar hackers: Who and how robbed the world on behalf of Fin7

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Everything that is known about terrorizing the whole world hackers' group, which also included three Ukrainian citizens
17:30, 6 August 2018

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On August 1, the US Department of Justice announced the arrest of three Ukrainian citizens for participating in the international hacking organization Fin7, which for several years has attacked more than a hundred companies in the US, as well as companies in the UK, Australia and France.

The capture of "high-ranking members" of the group has not yet affected the overall activity of Fin7 on the network, but US law enforcement agencies are convinced - it's a matter of time.

"Cybercriminals who believe that they can hide behind their keyboards somewhere in distant countries are mistaken, we will continue our work with partners around the world to identify them and hold them accountable for the damage they cause,"  said prosecutor Annette Hayes.

Fin7, aka Carbanak Group and Navigator Group

According to the estimates of American law enforcement officers, the Fin7 hacking organization is very powerful and has many names - Carbanak Group, Navigator Group, etc.

As noted by local media, in fact, its activities are reminiscent of the work of a technology company - with employees around the world, a strict working schedule and a strong research unit. But nobody knows exactly where the group members are and how to stop their activity.

The main goal of Fin7 is the theft of credit cards in retail and hotel business.

So, according to the information of American law enforcers, at least since 2015, the members of the group attacked more than 100 companies in the US, mainly in the restaurant, game and hotel industry.

In parallel, additional hacking actions occurred abroad, including in the UK, Australia and France.

Among the networks that have publicly announced hacker attacks, there are well-known companies all over the world: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chili's, Arby's, Red Robin and Jason's Deli.

In general, Fin7 hacked thousands of computer systems and stole millions of credit and debit card numbers of customers, which subsequently used or sold receiving a profit.

"Only in the United States the group successfully disrupt the computer networks operation in companies in 47 states and the District of Columbia, having stolen data from more than 15 million client cards from trading terminal systems," the US Department of Justice said.

Experts in the field of computer technology suggest that, given how many years Fin7 has been working, there is at least a billion dollars in the hands of its members already.

How hackers from Fin7 robbed the world

To steal credit card data, the Fin7 hacking organization used sophisticated phishing schemes, the victims themselves infected their work networks and did not suspect anything was amiss.

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Based on materials from the US Department of Justice, everything began with e-mail. Hackers sent to each of the victims messages adapted specially for him on behalf of the representative of this or that business, which he was interested in. For example, with a suggestion to buy something or book a room.

When the victim made the order, he or she received the calls of allegedly representatives of the company from the service sector with a reminder that it needs to be confirmed. Then they received the appropriate message with an attachment.

After the attached file was opened and activated, Fin7 launched malicious Carbanak software in addition to the arsenal of other tools. Eventually, the group members got access to the computer of the victim and stole the data of the payment cards.

Who was caught?

Among detainees currently taken into custody due to suspicions of involvement in the activities of the international hacker organization Fin7 appear three citizens of Ukraine: 44-year-old Dmytro Fedorov, 33-year-old Fedir Khladyr and 30-year-old Andriy Kolpakov.

According to the US Department of Justice, Fedorov was caught in January 2018 in the Polish city of Bielsko-Biala and should soon be extradited to the United States. The investigation believes that in Fin7 he performed the role of a manager controlling other hackers who directly hacked computer systems.

Khladyr was detained in Dresden (Germany) of the same year and is now in custody in the United States. It is assumed that he was a Fin7 system administrator. That is, he supported the servers and communication channels used by the organization and performed a management role, delegating tasks and providing instructions to other members of the hacker group.

Kolpakov was caught relatively recently - in late June this year - in Spain (the city of Lepe). At the moment, the US is also waiting for his extradition. According to the investigation, Kolpakov, like Fedorov, was the leader of a certain group of hackers from Fin7.

Each of the detainees is charged with a number of crimes - conspiracy, electronic fraud, hacking of computers, stealing of personal data.

The corresponding information was confirmed by the official representative of the consular service department of the Foreign Ministry Vasyl Kirilich.

According to the diplomat, one of the Ukrainians has already been provided with an American lawyer who will defend his rights and legitimate interests in court.

Note, the cases of all three detained citizens of Ukraine will be considered by the US District Court in Seattle. The first meeting, in particular, on the case of Khladyr is scheduled for October 22.

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