Security News ShinyHunters member gets 3 years in prison for breaching 60 firms


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The U.S. District Court in Seattle sentenced ShinyHunters member Sebastien Raoult to three years in prison and ordered a restitution of $5,000,000.

Previously, in September 2023, Raoult pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, facing a maximum punishment of 27 years in prison.

Raoult, a 22-year-old from France, is known online as 'Sezyo Kaizen' and was part of the ShinyHunters hacking group. He was arrested in Morocco in 2022 and extradited to the U.S. in January 2023.

Between April 2020 and July 2021, Raoult and his co-conspirators caused financial damages exceeding $6 million, resulting from the theft of the personal information of millions of people and their sale on the dark web.

Raoult lured victims with specially crafted phishing pages that mimicked the login portals of their targets' employers, tricking them into entering their account credentials and other sensitive data.

Next, members of the ShinyHunters group used the stolen credentials to log in to company systems and steal all data they could access in the corporate network, cloud instances, and even systems of third-party service providers.

"The lengths to which Mr. Raoult and his co-conspirators went to steal personal and financial information are remarkably devious, and he played a substantial part in the scheme by creating code and phishing websites," commented FBI agent Richard A. Collodi.

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3 years isn't enough of a prison term, "statement" for all the grief he's caused people. Now, let's find the rest of that group. At least the 5 million is a bit of a hit, if he has it, otherwise that too, wouldn't be that much of a deterrent.
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