Russian hacker offered $ 1 million to install virus software
A hacker from Russia wanted to steal data and money from an American company
The accused faces 5 years in prison and a $ 250 thousand fine
Cyber criminals from Eastern Europe intensified in 2020 year
FBI officers arrested Russian hacker Yegor Kryuchkov for attempting to recruit an employee of one of the largest companies in Nevada. Cybercriminal offered an American $ 1 million in bitcoins to install malware on employer’s computers.
The great schemer from Russia
It seems that Kryuchkov was inspired to carry out this operation by the novel by Ilf and Petrov “12 chairs”. The great strategist thought of everything to the smallest detail, and also chose a suitable pseudonym “Kisa”, under which he communicated with a potential virus installer. According to court documentation, Kryuchkov arrived in Nevada with aim recruit one of the employees of an unnamed company that is featured in the materials as Victim Company A and convince him to install malware on the computer him employer. The virus must was not only transfer data about the work of the company, but also stole accesses to the accounts of the company. Kryuchkov promised a $ 1 reward for installing malware million in bitcoins, oh than it says in the materials of the criminal case.
To hide the number bitcoin-wallet and stay totally anonymous, Kryuchkov suggested that a company employee use the Tor Internet browser. Everything communications were carried out exclusively in the WhatsApp messenger. The recruited employee received instructions from Kryuchkov, who chose the pseudonym Kisa..
According to the received information, a company employee had to download a virus to the employer’s computer. To prevent the security service from suspecting the impending hack, Kryuchkov promised to organize a large-scale DDoS attack on the servers of the victim company. but in last the moment Kryuchkov himself canceled the implementation of the plan, probably suspecting surveillance.
A recruited company employee reported the impending crime to the FBI. After several weeks of surveillance and collection of irrefutable evidence, Kryuchkov was arrested and is currently awaiting a court decision in an American prison. He faces up to 5 years in prison and a $ 250 fine 000.
The growth of the cryptocurrency market has activated hackers
Note that this is not the first time that hackers from Eastern Europe are trying to steal money foreign companies or investors. BeInCrypto recently reported that cyber criminals from Russia, Ukraine and Romania have stolen from exchanges cryptocurrencies $ 200 million.
“This group is not is an extremely technically advanced, but acts quickly, persistently and efficiently. We fix her activity since May 2018. At least in this time the first successful hacking case appeared. The group has been active since then, ”cybersecurity company ClearSky, which identified the attack, said in a statement..
Also edition BeInCrypto reported that Ukrainian fake traders stole funds dozens investors with Total the world. Hackers attracted the attention of gullible people with flamboyant Facebook ads in June 2019 of the year Facebook announced preparations for the release digital currency Libra. Project social networks instantly attracted Attention… More, which promised exorbitant interest on trade cryptocurrencies. Next, “heavy artillery” came into play, consisting of 200 specially trained managers, which bombarded potential victims with phone calls, persuading them to install free software for login to your personal account, where user could see the balance, deposit and withdraw funds, monitor courses cryptocurrencies. As a result, the scammers managed to steal over $ 2.5 million.
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