Hacker arrested in Russia for extorting money for decrypting data

After the transfer of the cryptocurrency to the hacker, representatives of the company filed a statement with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Irina Volk, representing the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, told reporters about. The arrest of a resident of Rostov-on-Don, suspected of breaking into the database of a Russian company. It is unknown whether he is a member of a hacker group or a lone hacker.
“The operatives detained a 35-year-old resident of Rostov-on-Don, suspected of illegal access to computer information and extortion. It was preliminary established that in early 2020, the attacker encrypted significant computer information contained. In the local network of a large Russian company using a cryptographic algorithm. For decoding, he demanded to pay a monetary reward in cryptocurrency, “she said.

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The man asked for 0.8 bitcoin – about 500 thousand rubles. After the transfer of the cryptocurrency to the hacker, representatives of the company filed a statement. With the Ministry of Internal Affairs. After the arrest, equipment with information containing evidence extracted from the suspect. A criminal case initiated under Part 2 of Art. 163 (“Extortion”) and Part 2 of Article 272 of the Criminal Code of the Russian .Federation (“Unlawful Access to Computer Information”). The suspect is in custody.

Earlier, Rosfinmonitoring announced plansdevelop a system for analyzing cryptocurrency transactions using artificial intelligence. The system itself is developed due to the need to create effective government control. Over the industry of virtual assets, used by criminals for many illegal schemes. Its users will be both government authorities and the Bank of Russia or other financial organizations.

Recently, hacker groups have begun to practice publishing confidential files of the victim in case of non-payment of the ransom. A prime example is the Maze group, which regularly uploads data to the Web from large companies that refused to pay her ransom ( recent examples are LG and Xerox).
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