Security News Hacker arrested for selling bank accounts of US, Canadian users


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Ukraine's cyber police arrested a 31-year-old for running a cybercrime operation that gained access to bank accounts of American and Canadian users and sold it on the dark web.

The suspect distributed trojanized software as free resources using several websites that he administered. He also promoted these sites through advertising campaigns

The police note that the suspect distributed software for both desktop and mobile (Android) operating system.

"To distribute his virus, the hacker created and administered several websites, offering users to download various software for free," reads the police's announcement.

"The suspect launched an entire advertising campaign on the internet to "promote" the controlled web resources."

The payloads infected the victims' devices and siphoned sensitive data to the hacker, who used it to hack into the victim's Google accounts and online banking.

The hacker then sold access to the breached accounts to other cybercriminals over the dark web, arranging payments in Bitcoins after contacting them over the phone using a Russian number.
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