The Russian police arrested 20 hackers who, were using a Trojan horse, managed to steal $ 50 million rubles ($ 892,000) from deposit accounts with Russian banks. Russian hackers using malicious software managed to pollute more than a million smartphones while they were planning to do the same in deposit accounts with European banks before they were arrested.
Their arrest was confirmed by Tass, a spokesman for Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk, who noted that Russian police officers, in cooperation with Group IB, had been able to locate the hacker group operating throughout the country, And specialized in stealing money from bank accounts.
According to the questionnaire, the team members used malicious software that allowed them to access smartphoes, which had a specific provider, to give orders to conceal for transferring money to accounts they had created in advance.
The team members, according to Irina Volk, were living in Ivanovo, Moscow, Rostov, Chelyabinsk, Yaroslavl and autonomous Republic Maria El, while the head of the group is allegedly a 30-year-old resident of Ivanovo, an industrial city 300 kilometers northeast Of Moscow.
According to the Russian Interior Ministry, all members of the group were identified, four were arrested, while the other 16 were placed under house arrest and were forbidden to leave the country. In six areas of the Russian territory hackers were identified, 20 house searches were carried out, computers seized, hundreds of bank cards and sim cards with fake data. Against the Russian hackers, a criminal prosecution was brought.
The Russian interior ministry did not specify which Russian banks hackers hit and what accounts were found in their targets, but according to the Reuters agency that cites sources familiar with the case, hackers have taken money from client accounts of state-owned Sberbank, Alpha Bank And the Qiwi online payment company.