Cybersecurity of the Security Service of Ukraine stopped the activities of a hacker group which steal money from normal persons accounts by using malicious software.
According to the SBU, service employees suspect several people of unauthorized interference in the operation of computer equipment. They probably sent malware to electronic mailboxes in order to gain unauthorized access to bank-Clients system. Then, hackers illegally transferred money from there to fake bank accounts and withdrawn into cash. The service preliminary estimates the losses from criminal activity of suspects in more than 20 million UAH.
“The investigative measures were conducted in Odesa City, Kyiv and Ivano-Frankivsk regions by Main Investigative Department jointly with the Cyber Police Department of National Police. During 34 searches of suspects’ residences and server rooms, the law enforcement seized computer equipment, mobile phones, bank cards and documents. The evidence will be entered upon the record”. SBU noted.
Investigative actions are ongoing. Law enforcers informed 5 persons of suspicion of committing crimes under Part 3 of Art. 28 h. 2 tbsp. 361, part 3 of article 28 h. 2 tbsp. 361-1, p. 5, art. 185 and part 3 of article 28 h. 3 tbsp. 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. One suspect was selected as a preventive measure in the form of detention. Two more – round-the-clock house arrest. Regarding the other two defendants, law enforcement authorities are considering applications for a preventive measure in form of detention.
SBU noticed that since many Ukrainians are transferred to work remotely, cyber fraud has become popular among hackers, who are trying to obtain money and confidential information.