Employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia with the assistance of experts of Group-IB, an international company specializing in the prevention of cyber attacks, detained a hacker in Russian city Novokuznetsk who hacked computers around the world.
The detainee offered Cybercrime-as-a-service services to cyber criminals. He created and maintained admin panels for managing malware and botnets.
According to the local report, he infected more than 50 thousands computers across the world. He managed to steal usernames and passwords from browsers, mail clients of the infected computers. He also reportedly stole financial information such as bank card details.
The investigation began in the spring of 2018, when the hacker infected around 1000 of computers with malicious software Formgrabber.
“He administered the botnet, which counted several thousand infected computers of Russian and foreign users,” the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported.
It turned out that the hacker is only 26 years old, since 15 he has earned money by creating websites for computer games, but then he decided to learn the profession of a hacker. More recently, he was testing malware targeting Android platform.
He has already been charged under the article “Creation and distribution of malicious computer programs”. He completely admitted his guilt.