Russian hacker convicted of hacking a payment system and stealing from ATMs
The court of the Saratov region found guilty a local resident who hacked and gained access to the website of the Omsk company collecting utility payments.
A 19-year-old hacker was accused under the article “unauthorized access to computer information.” Employees of the Federal Security Service of Russia in the Omsk region found and detained him.
Omsk investigators found that in the autumn of 2017 the defendant hacked into the payment system using special software from his home computer. The system was intended to make online payment of utilities.
As a result, the hacker was able to gain access to user personal accounts. After copying all the information, he contacted representatives of the Service and offered for a fee to provide information about the way to fix the vulnerability in the security system.
The court found him guilty and sentenced him to twelve months for unauthorized access to computer information.
According to Irina Volk, the official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, a criminal group of three men aged 24 to 57 years committed 27 crimes from October 2017 to February 2018. However, at the time of the arrest, the defendants were involved in 8 similar crimes, the total amount of damage was 15 million rubles. So, the number of crimes and damage has doubled for today.
Hackers worked at night, used software to disable the security system then opened payment terminals.
Criminals were detained by the police when committing another theft. During searches, police seized the computer equipment, tools and two expensive cars bought on the stolen money.
Hackers are waiting in custody the verdict of the court. They are charged under six articles.