The security service neutralized a hacker group that acted in the interests of the aggressor country in Lviv.
Criminals hacked active accounts of Internet users from Ukraine and the European Union, gaining access to citizens’ personal data.
They sold this confidential information through the anonymous Darknet platform and received money through electronic payment systems YuMoney, Qiwi, and WebMoney, which are prohibited in our country.
According to preliminary data, the hackers sold approximately 30 million accounts and received a “profit” of almost UAH 14 million.
Their “customers” were pro-Kremlin propagandists. They used the received identification data of Ukrainian and foreign citizens to spread fake “news” from the front and create panic. The goal of such manipulations was large-scale destabilization in countries.
It was also established that hacked accounts were allegedly used on behalf of ordinary people to spread disinformation about the socio-political situation in Ukraine and the EU.
According to the investigation, the group included several hackers from Lviv. They installed specialized computer equipment in their homes.
Criminals “penetrated” other people’s accounts through malicious software.
During the searches, law enforcement officers found:
- hard magnetic disks with personal data of citizens;
- computer equipment, mobile phones, SIM cards and flash drives with evidence of illegal activity.
Investigative and operational actions are ongoing to bring all the guilty parties to justice.
Crime detection measures were carried out by employees of the Cyber Unit of the SBU of the Lviv Region together with the National Police under the procedural guidance of the Galician District Prosecutor’s Office.