Yakutia: verdict delivered to hackers who stole millions from bank account

Yakutia: verdict delivered to hackers who stole millions from bank account
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The Bulakhov brothers got real sentences.

Verdict has been delivered in a case into embezzlement by an international criminal group Cobalt from an account of a Russian bank, reports the web site of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

The court determined that in March, 2016, an unknown member of the organized group named ‘Aleksander’ offered a Russian Bulakhov to participate in the activity of the criminal group through receiving of funds in ATM machines. The criminal plan was to carry out illegal access to the bank’s computerized information, neutralize its security system, and receive access to the local network of commercial banks.

Bulakhov agreed and involved his brother and acquaintance in the performance of work. They started renting controlling servers with a borrowed IP address from companies located in Panama, Lithuania, and Germany. They accomodate there software that allowed to remotely control malicious software, keep and organise data of the bank’s employees illegally received. Besides that, the accused acquired a special software that allows to control dispensers of ATMs that give out cash.

In July, 2017, they arrived in Yakutsk and for three days withdrew cash in various ATMs of Almazergienbank. The damage is more than 21 million rubles ($329 thousand).

The court concluded to sentence Bulakhov to 6.5 years in prison, and his brother - to 5.5 years instead of suspended sentence. Criminal case against their acquaintance was severed from other defendants, as he had escaped.

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