• 25/07/2024 02:45

In Ukraine, a hacker was exposed who caused $2 million in damage to an American company.

Ukrainian law enforcement officers and their colleagues from Europol, in the course of an international police operation, exposed a hacker who caused $2 million in losses to a foreign company. This was reported by the press service of the Office of the Prosecutor General.

In Ukraine, a hacker was exposed who caused $2 million in damage to an American company

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According to the investigation, a resident of Nikolaev infected the servers of a leading American company with a miner virus. Starting in 2021, with the help of self-developed software for automatic password selection – the so-called “brute force”, 1,500 accounts of the subsidiary company were “broken.”

Using compromised accounts, the hacker gained access to service management. Subsequently, he created a computer virus-miner for mining cryptocurrency, which he secretly infected the company’s server equipment with. To ensure the operation of malicious software, the person created more than 1 million virtual computers.

It was established that over more than 2 years of such activity, he withdrew almost $2 million in cryptocurrency to controlled electronic wallets.


Law enforcement officers conducted searches in premises on the territory of Nikolaev. Computer equipment, bank and SIM cards, electronic storage media, and other evidence of illegal activities were seized.

A hacker was exposed in Ukraine who caused damage to an American company for $2 million

In the Netherlands, Europol created a special working group and VCP – a virtual command post for the immediate analysis of information obtained during investigative actions on the territory of Ukraine. Europol provided assistance in blocking the hacker’s electronic wallets with the assets on them.

Investigative actions are currently ongoing in order to identify the man’s possible accomplices.

The pre-trial investigation is being carried out by investigators from the Main Investigations Directorate of the National Police into the fact of unauthorized interference in the operation of information (automated), electronic communication, information and communication systems, electronic communication networks (Part 5 of Article 361 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).


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