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Ukraine's Security Service detains hacker hired to interfere in operation of state bodies

The programs were distributed through the electronic messages sent to the state institutions, and vulnerable areas of Internet websites of the state institutions
17:27, 6 March 2019

Russian hacker detained in Zaporizhia, March 6, 2019
SBU

The officers of Ukraine’s Security Service found a Russian hacker who distributed malicious software provided for interference in Ukraine’s state information resources, as the press office of SBU reported.

“A man from Zaporizhia worked as an administrator in a private Russian hacker Internet-forum. He was seeking for executors among the participants of this forum, who distributed malicious software for money,” the message says.

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It was noted that the programs were distributed through the electronic messages sent to the state institutions, and vulnerable areas of Internet websites of the state institutions.

According to the experts, such computer viruses are used to block operation of the information sources through connection to Ukraine’s State Register, which could pose a threat to the operation of the servers and personal computers of the election commissions.

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SBU found computer equipment with software for the creation of viruses. Some ten samples of malicious programs ready to be distributed were seized as well.

A criminal proceeding was launched. Computer equipment was seized and sent for expertise.

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