Ukrainian police arrest hacker who prompted $150 million harm to world corporations

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KYIV, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Ukrainian police mentioned on Monday that they had arrested a 25-year-old man who hacked greater than 100 overseas firms and prompted harm price greater than $150 million.

The hacker, who was not recognized, used phishing assaults and hijacked software program that enables computer systems to be accessed remotely, a police assertion mentioned. The victims included “world-famous energy and tourism companies”, it added.

The hacker was caught with the assistance of legislation enforcement officers from the United States, France, Europol and Interpol.

Police carried out searches on the properties of the defendant and his kinfolk.

“As a result, computer equipment, mobile phones, vehicles and more than 360 thousand dollars in cash were seized. In addition, $1.3 million was blocked on the attacker’s cryptocurrencies,” the police mentioned.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Matthias Williams, modifying by Ed Osmond

A computer keyboard lit by a displayed cyber code is seen in this illustration picture taken on March 1,  2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo