Russian MIA detains leader of hackers specialized on extorting money through malicious software
A resident of Volgograd, who was hiding in Thailand, terrorized Internet users with malicious software in the form of porno banners.
Having lost his financial support, the swindler was forced to return to Russia, where he was immediately arrested. As the MIA press service reported, a plane with the hacker on board had recently landed in the Domodedovo airport. The perpetrator specialized on scripts that blocked computer equipment with porn banners. After locking the computer, the program informed the user about the so-called fine for the use of porn content. Moreover, the extortion took place on behalf of the Interior Ministry, the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Russian Federal Bailiff Service.
Earlier, law enforces detected malicious scripts that launched pop-up windows, which locked Internet browsers. These pop-up messages stated that the computer was locked by Russian law enforcement agencies for viewing porn content. To unlock it, the user was required to pay a fine by transferring money to an anonymous account in the payment system. Employees of the MIA Department K in cooperation with their colleagues from the Department K of the MIA General Administration in the Volgograd region were able to identify the swindler and his accomplices. It turned out to be a 40-year-old resident of Volgograd, who was hiding in Thailand. His common-law wife was also involved in the criminal business.
Security forces were able to cut off the hacker from the money flow, forcing him to return to Russia. Upon arriving in Moscow, he was detained in the Domodedovo airport. He immediately confessed and even handed out his computer equipment, SIM cards, and bank cards used for the illegal activities.
The investigation is currently ongoing. The court decided to place the detainee and his accomplice under house arrest.