The Ukrainian cyberpolice have exposed a hacker who has allegedly broken into the computers of banks and hotels across the world. The man was a part of the “Cobalt” hacker organization, whose members have been involved in attacks on various global banks. The press service of the National police has informed about this, 112.ua reports.
Agents of the cyberpolice have identified all of the organization’s members. All of them are currently in the Russian Federation.
Law enforcement agents have uncovered the involvement of a 30-year-old Kyiv inhabitant in virus development, cyberspying and sale of personal data of individuals from around the world. The hacker also sold various harmful software, while his viruses were used to get remote access to victims’ computers and to fully control them thereafter.
“Since 2016, the man has been a part of a hacker organization known as “Cobalt”, whose members have engaged in mass attacks on various banks worldwide. He was responsible for the developments and maintenance of exploits that used vulnerabilities in the most frequently used software”, - the press service said.
Upon getting access to a computer, the suspect obtained the personal and banking details of all of the hotel’s or a bank’s clients that were entered into the computer. He then sold the information he obtained. During one such transaction, he sold the personal details of over 140 thousand credit card users. His “fee” reached as high as $1.5 million.
Cyberpolice agents carried out sanctioned searches at the addresses, where the intruder was registered and where he lived. During the searches, the policemen took away computer equipment and flash drives. According to preliminary examination, cyber policemen found traces of e-mail addresses that were used for intrusion.
Also, law enforcement agents discovered online databases that were illegally entered into, where credit card details of citizens from Europe and America and other countries of the world. Along with that, traces of account on various hacker forums and different harmful software were found.