“Criminals hacked active accounts of Internet users from Ukraine and the European Union, gaining access to personal data of citizens”, says SBU.
Hackers sold this personal data through the anonymous Darknet platform and received money through electronic payment systems YuMoney, Qiwi, and WebMoney, which are prohibited in Ukraine.
According to preliminary data, “the hackers sold approximately 30 million accounts and received a ‘profit’of almost UAH 14 million”.
Personal Accounts Hacked By Pro-Kremlin Cybercriminals
SBU stated that the suspects’ customers were pro-Kremlin propagandists who used the received identification data of Ukrainian and foreign citizens to spread fake “news” from the front and create panic.
“Suspects impersonated ordinary people to spread disinformation about the socio-political situation in Ukraine and the EU,” says SBU
Reports say the hacker group included several hackers from Lviv. Particularly, they installed specialized computer equipment in their homes. Also, criminals “penetrated” other people’s accounts through malicious software.
Law Enforcement Officers Found the Following:
- Hard magnetic disks with personal data of citizens;
- Computer equipment, mobile phones, SIM cards and flash drives with evidence of illegal activity.
Measures Carried Out
The organizer has been notified of the suspicion under Part 1 of Art. 361-2 (unauthorized sale or distribution of information with limited access, which is stored in electronic computing machines (computers), automated systems, computer networks or on media of such information) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
SBU says that the investigation and operational actions are still going on. The Cyber Unit of the SBU carried out crime detection measures jointly with the National Police under the procedural guidance of the Galician District Prosecutor’s Office.