The Ukrainian cyber police have arrested a man (36) from the city of Netishyn for selling the personal data and sensitive information of over 300 million people from different countries.
The man had information on passport data, taxpayer numbers, birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and bank account data. Depending on the amount of data offered for sale, the man demanded from 500 to 2000 dollars.
The man was identified by the Cyber Police Department together with the employees of the Svyatoshyn district prosecutor’s office.
“The illegal activities of a 36-year-old resident of Netishyn were exposed by the employees of the Cyber Police Department together with the employees of the Svyatoshyn district prosecutor’s office.” reads the announcement published by the Ukraine Cyber Police. “The man was an administrator of closed groups and channels in the Telegram messenger, where he sold personal data of citizens of Ukraine and the European Union.”
The man was offering for sale a huge trove of sensitive data through closed Telegram groups and channels that he created, where he sold the personal data of citizens of Ukraine and the European Union.
The Ukraine cyber police revealed that the stolen data were also bought by Russian citizens who paid using currencies prohibited in the Ukrainian territory.
The police raided the man’s home and he attempted to obstruct the investigation and injured a police officer. The police arrested the man in accordance with Art. 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine and placed him in a temporary detention facility.
The law enforcement officers seized the mobile phones of the man, three dozen hard drives, SIM cards, computer equipment and server equipment. The server contained several databases with limited access.
“As part of the pre-trial investigation of criminal proceedings under Part 2 of Art. 361-1 (Creation for the purpose of illegal use, distribution or sale of malicious software or technical means, as well as their distribution or sale), Art. 362 (Unauthorized actions with information that is processed in computers, automated systems, computer networks or stored on carriers of such information, committed by a person who has the right to access it) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and on the basis of a court order, law enforcement officers came to the person involved to conduct a search.” concludes the announcement. “The sanction of the article provides for restriction of freedom for a term of up to five years or deprivation of liberty for the same term. Investigations are ongoing.”
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