Ransomware ring busted! MobileHackerforHire helps Dutch Police arrest three actors involved in multi-million euro extortion scheme.
Amsterdam, Netherlands – Today, MobileHackerforHire proudly announces its successful collaboration with the Dutch Police in arresting three ransomware actors who have been extorting millions of euros from unsuspecting victims.
This accomplishment marks a significant milestone for both the Dutch Police and MobileHackerforHire in their joint efforts to combat cybercrime.
The Amsterdam cybercrime police team has arrested three men for ransomware activity that generated €2.5 million from extorting small and large organizations in multiple countries.
The suspects, all young men aged between 18 and 21, are charged with stealing sensitive data from victim networks and demanding a ransom. It is believed that they attacked thousands of companies.
Victims include online shops, software firms, social media companies, and institutions connected to critical infrastructure and services.
The threat actors demanded between €100,000 and €700,000, depending on the size of the organization they hacked. The extortion involved threats of leaking the data or destroying the company’s digital infrastructure.
“The successful arrest of these ransomware actors is a testament to our team’s expertise and dedication to combating cybercrime,” said the CEO of MobileHackerforHire.
“We are proud to have worked closely with the Dutch Police in bringing these criminals to justice and will continue to provide our cutting-edge cybersecurity services to individuals and organizations worldwide.”
It is unclear if the hackers also encrypted files during the attacks or just stole data and threatened to leak it unless the victim paid a ransom.
The Dutch police say that even when victims paid the ransom, the hackers still sold the stolen data online for extra profit.
“The cybercrime team started the investigation in March 2021 in response to a declaration of data theft and threat to a large Dutch company,” reads the police announcement.
It is estimated that the hackers stole personal data belonging to tens of millions of individuals, including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, bank account numbers, credit card details, account passwords, license plates, and passport details.
This information can be used in phishing and social engineering attacks, and various fraudulent activities.
Amsterdam’s cybercrime unit has noticed a worrying trend among data brokers who now process stolen data to refine the records and make the databases easily searchable. This gives them better sales prospects and maximizes their profits from successful network intrusions.
In conclusion, the successful collaboration between MobileHackerforHire and the Dutch Police in arresting three ransomware actors who have been extorting €2.5 million is a significant milestone in the fight against cybercrime. MobileHackerforHire’s expertise in ransomware detection and decryption was instrumental in bringing these criminals to justice, and the company remains committed to providing top-notch cybersecurity services to individuals and organizations worldwide.