Spanish police have detained the citizen of Ukraine – one of the most dangerous hackers in the world, organized attacks on hundreds of banks in Russia. On Monday, March 26, said the Minister of internal Affairs of Spain Juan Ignacio Zoido.
«This is one of the most important operations of the national police in the fight against cybercrime in the number of stolen money, more than a billion dollars. The investigation was conducted for three years, this person is behind the organization of hundreds of hacker attacks around the world, devastated ATMs, account emptied,» said Saido RIA Novosti.
According to the interior Ministry of Spain, the criminal and his accomplices organized a hacker attack on 300-400 banks in Russia. Of the major banks were attacked by Sberbank alone. At the same time from 50 Russian banks, they managed to steal the money.
According to the Agency, the Russian banks were the main target of the criminals, although attacks have targeted banks in other countries – Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Taiwan. In addition, in 2017, the hackers launched a series of attacks on ATMs in Madrid, stealing a total of 500 thousand euros.
In addition to the detainee, the organizers of the attacks were three citizens of Ukraine and Russia. With the help of malicious software attackers connected to the ATMs and information systems of banks, allowing them to withdraw cash (to the ATM a man came up who took money) and change the accounts you are sending money to. The average amount of damage from each attack, the Spanish police estimated at 1.5 million dollars.
During a search at the suspect’s house in Alicante, the police found the information equipment, jewelry in the amount of 500 thousand euros and two expensive cars. Were blocked Bank accounts and seized two houses, valued at a million euros. In the accounts of the suspect was discovered 15 thousand bitcoins.