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Two Romanian Hackers Extradited to the U.S. Over $18 Million Vishing Scam

Two Romanian Hackers Extradited to the U.S. Over $18 Million Vishing Scam

May 08, 2018Swati Khandelwal
Two Romanian hackers have been extradited to the United States to face 31 criminal charges including computer fraud and abuse, wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Described as "international computer hackers" by the United States Department of Justice, Teodor Laurentiu Costea , 41, and Robert Codrut Dumitrescu , 40, allegedly rob Americans of more than $18 million in an elaborate phishing scheme. Costea and Dumitrescu were named in the 31-count federal grand jury indictment on August 16 last year and were accused last week in the Northern District of Georgia following their extradition. Another co-defendant, Cosmin Draghici, 28, remains in custody in Romania awaiting his extradition to the United States. "These extraditions send a strong warning to cybercriminals and fraudsters worldwide, that we, along with our law-enforcement partners, will work tirelessly to bring you to justice," said U. S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay&q
Two Romanians Charged With Hacking Police CCTV Cameras Before Trump Inauguration

Two Romanians Charged With Hacking Police CCTV Cameras Before Trump Inauguration

December 29, 2017Swati Khandelwal
Remember how some cybercriminals shut down most of Washington D.C. police's security cameras for four days ahead of President Donald Trump's inauguration earlier this year? Just a few days after the incident, British authorities arrested two people in the United Kingdom, identified as a British man and a Swedish woman, both 50-year-old, on request of U.S. officials. But now US federal court affidavit  has revealed that two Romanian nationals were behind the attack that hacked into 70% of the computers that control Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department's surveillance camera network in January this year, CNN reports. The two suspects—Mihai Alexandru Isvanca, 25, and Eveline Cismaru, 28—were arrested in Bucharest on December 15 on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and various forms of computer fraud. According to the criminal complaint unsealed in Washington, the pair hacked 123 of the Metropolitan Police Department's 187 outdoor surveillance c
Romanian Police Arrest 5 People for Spreading CTB Locker and Cerber Ransomware

Romanian Police Arrest 5 People for Spreading CTB Locker and Cerber Ransomware

December 20, 2017Mohit Kumar
Romanian police have arrested five individuals suspected of infecting tens of thousands of computers across Europe and the United States in recent years by spreading two infamous ransomware families—Cerber and CTB Locker. Under Operation Bakovia —a major global police operation conducted by Europol, the FBI and law enforcement agencies from Romanian, Dutch, and the UK—raided six houses in East Romania and made five arrests, Europol said on Wednesday. Authorities have seized a significant amount of hard drives, external storage, laptops, cryptocurrency mining devices, numerous documents and hundreds of SIM cards during the raid. One thing to note is that all of the five suspects were not arrested for developing or maintaining the infamous ransomware strains, but for allegedly spreading CTB Locker and Cerber. Based on CryptoLocker, CTB Locker , aka Critroni, was the most widely spread ransomware families in 2016 and was the first ransomware to use the Tor anonymizing network
London Police Arrest Romanian ATM Hacker Who Stole Millions

London Police Arrest Romanian ATM Hacker Who Stole Millions

October 07, 2016Mohit Kumar
A Romanian man has been arrested and charged with conspiracy relating to his involvement in a prolific ATM malware campaign. Emanual Leahu, 30, was arrested in the western city of Bacău, Romania by the London Regional Fraud Team (LRFT) London police run by the City of London Police on Tuesday 20 September, extradited to the United Kingdom last week. Leahu is believed to be a member of a European ATM hacking gang that stole more than £1.5 Million ($2 Million) from cash machines across the UK in 2014 using ATM malware to bypass security controls. The gang physically broke into ATMs to directly load malware onto the machines, allowing it to withdraw "large amounts of cash." The malware was good enough to erase itself to hide its tracks, making it difficult to identify the culprit. Three out of Five Gang Members Arrested Luckily, due to the gang's carelessness, one of its members was recorded by a hidden ATM surveillance camera, which allowed the police to id
Hacker arrested for ATM Skimming escaped from Prison

Hacker arrested for ATM Skimming escaped from Prison

March 08, 2016Mohit Kumar
A Romanian card skimmer arrested for being part of an international cybercrime group that used malware to plunder US$217,000 from ATMs has escaped from a Bucharest prison on Sunday morning (6th March). Renato Marius Tulli , 34, was being held at Police Precinct 19 in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, after being arrested together with 7 other suspects as part of a joint Europol, Eurojust, and DIICOT investigation on January 5, 2016. Tulli was part of a criminal gang specialized in robbing NCR-based ATMs. According to the federal authorities, the gang allegedly used a piece of malware, dubbed Tyupkin , to conduct what's known as Jackpotting attack and made Millions by infecting ATMs across Europe and beyond. Using Tyupkin malware, the criminals were able to empty cash from infected ATMs by issuing commands through the ATM's pin pad. Authorities announced on Monday that Tulli escaped with Grosy Gostel , 38, a man held for robbery charges, while both o
Infamous hacker "Guccifer" arrested in Romania; charged with multiple cyber crimes

Infamous hacker "Guccifer" arrested in Romania; charged with multiple cyber crimes

January 22, 2014Wang Wei
" Guccifer " arrested in Romania, the infamous hacker who was responsible for breaching the social media and email accounts of numerous high profile US and Romanian Politicians. Romanian authorities collaborated with US services to catch him and the officers of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIOCT) raided His House last Wednesday. His well known leaks included the emails of former secretary of state ' Colin Powell ', suggested that he was having an affair, which was later denied by Colin. He was also responsible for breaking into the Bush family e-mails . The Hacker also infiltrated the email from George Maior , chief of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI). Guccifer is a 40-year-old Marcel Lazar Lehel , a resident of Arad , who was convicted of several other computer crimes in 2012, according to Romanian media report . But those charges stemmed from Lazăr Lehel's attacks on dozens of Romanian officials between O
DefCamp 2013 - International Hacking and Information Security Conference in Romania

DefCamp 2013 - International Hacking and Information Security Conference in Romania

September 11, 2013Mohit Kumar
The Fourth Edition of an International Information Security Conference hosted in Romania , The DefCamp 2013  is now open for Call for Papers . Over 300 Security experts, Researchers, and Enthusiasts from Romania and neighboring countries are expected to take part in the event in Bucharest, at the Crystal Palace Ballroom on November 29-30, 2013 . The Crystal Palace Ballroom is hosting one of the most mesmerizing event of Hacking & Information security in Romania, Defcamp.  In its Fourth year, The conference aims - continues to impress its audience with IT knowledge sharing, competition with varying levels of difficulty, Romanian and foreign speakers, surprises and fun. " We have awaited the 48 hours of DefCamp 2013 since the closing moment of the last edition.  It is hypnotizing to exchange ideas, to compete, to expand your knowledge and to meet people  who you know only from the virtual world. DCTF (DefCamp Capture the Flag) - our main  competition of the co
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