Ukranian Hacker Caught Infecting His Own Websites with Crypto Malware
Ukranian cyber police have arrested a man believed to have exposed over 1 million web surfers per month to cryptojacking malware. Image from Shutterstock.
According to the Ukranian cyber police, an unnamed man infected a bunch of his websites with Wannacry-like malware.
Police Search Reveals Intentional Infection
An unreliable Google translation makes it sound as if the man’s home had been invaded and police were investigating when they discovered his activities. Google’s translation reads:
While conducting searches in the apartment of an intruder, law enforcement officers removed the computer hardware of the attacker, bank cards, additional information carriers, and draft records. All seized is sent for examination.
However, CCN got hold of a native Russian speaker, Oleg Onishchuk, who says it reads more like:
During carrying out searches in the apartment of the violator, representatives of law enforcement agencies withdrew computer equipment of the offender, Bank cards, additional media, and drafts. All withdrawn is sent for examination.
This translation makes the situation more clear: police were investigating the unnamed individual and seized his computer equipment as part of the investigation. Once caught, they discovered he’d infected a number of his own websites with Wannacry-like malware in order to profit illegally.
Over 1 Million Users Per Month Exposed
Cryptojacking and ransomware have largely faded out of the public mindset, as anti-virus software has been updated to combat it mostly. However, there are several later versions of all major attack suites roaming in the wild,