Arrested hacker from Lurk group admits creation of WannaCry virus and DNC hack on request of intelligence agencies

Arrested hacker from Lurk group admits creation of WannaCry virus and DNC hack on request of intelligence agencies
Konstantin Kozlovsky

Resident of Yekaterinburg Konstantin Kozlovsky told that his group developed locker (lock screen) of the program-extortioner.

Arrested Yekaterinburg hacker from the Lurk group Konstantin Kozlovsky told that he participated in creation of the WannaCry virus extortioner on request of intelligence agencies in an interview to Dozhd TV channel.

According to Kozlovsky, the program of lock of computer’s screen (locker) was created by his group. He noted that Lurk invented a new method of spreading the virus: at first, one computer on a corporate network is infected, from it the virus gets an access to the domain of the administrator and after that it paralyzes activities of all the company with ‘one button’ .

The virus was tested on computers of the Samolet Development company which is engaged in construction of housing in Moscow area. Also hackers planned to hack a network of Novolipetsk Steel and to try to stop its blast furnaces.

Konstantin Kozlovsky is arrested on a charge of swindle as a part of hacker group Lurk. He is now being held in a pre-trial detention center. Earlier the hacker told that he “under direction of the Federal Security Service” cracked servers of the Democratic party of the USA and e-mail of Hillary Clinton. Kozlovsky said that employee of the Federal Security Service (FSB) contacted him. Then he changed indications, saying that the operation was supervised by employee of the Center of Information Security of FSB Dmitry Dokuchaev who is arrested on the case of high treason now. Dokuchaev through his lawyer said that he was not familiar with Kozlovsky.

In the spring-summer, the WannaCry virus attacked networks of such companies as MegaFon, Rosneft and Bashneft, as well as servers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Kaspersky Lab suspected the North Korean hacker Lazarus group of spreading the virus. In December the U.S. Government officially accused North Korea of the cyberattack.

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