A Hacker From Bobruisk Enriched Himself By Half a Million Dollars, But Did Not HaveTime to EnjoyThem

A thirty-year-old resident of Bobruisk (Republic of Belarus) "earned" hundreds of thousands of dollars by selling hacked accounts of users of web resources on the darknet, allowing them to create personal accounts.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus, the man purchased specialized software for brute-force attacks on hacker forums and, having improved it, successfully hacked large numbers of accounts, including users of Walmart, eBay, Minecraft, Sony Play Station, Fortnite and cryptocurrency exchanges. He then sold the cracked passwords and logins on underground Internet trading platforms. In some cases, the perpetrator transferred money from user accounts to their own Kiwi and WebMoney wallets or exchanged them for bitcoins. Thus, he was able to enrich himself by $ 500 thousand.

However, the cybercriminal did not manage to enjoy the illegally acquired wealth. Together with his accomplice from Minsk, he was detained by employees of the cybercrime unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Mogilev Regional Executive Committee. During the search, bank cards with stolen funds and expensive equipment were seized. The $ 200 thousand stored on the cards will be used in favor of the state.

In 2020, the General Directorate of Cybercrime of the Ministry of Internal Affairs identified 58 cybercriminals involved in the creation and use of malware. For comparison, in 2019 only 14. In general, the detection rate of cybercrimes in Belarus increased by more than 71%, which is 33% more

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