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Fear makes things seem bigger

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'Are they in the prisoner's handwriting?' asked another of the jurymen.
`No, they're not,' said the White Rabbit, `and that's the queerest thing about it.' (The jury all looked puzzled.)
`He must have imitated somebody else's hand,' said the King. (The jury all brightened up again.)
`Please your Majesty,' said the Knave, `I didn't write it, and they can't prove I did: there's no name signed at the end.'
`If you didn't sign it,' said the King, `that only makes the matter worse. You must have meant some mischief, or else you'd have signed your name like an honest man.'
There was a general clapping of hands at this.

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

By now, who hasn’t heard about Russian or Chinese hackers attacking companies across the world? Whenever a high-profile infection incident occurs, panels of experts pop up instantly claiming they've managed to pinpoint the source of the attack right down to the doorstep. The notorious Carbanak and Cobalt cyber gangs, which gained fame mounting attacks on financial institutions, are a perfect example.

Known for its massive attacks on financial organisations that caused ATMs to dispense cash, the Cobalt hacker group presumably has its roots in Russia.

https://www.rbc.ru/technology_and_media/01/08/2017/597f49959a79479c007bb697

Experts believe that the group consisted of criminals from Russia, China, and Ukraine, as well as a number of European countries.

https://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2358505&cid=520

Today we're going to examine some pieces of solid evidence indicating that Carbanak is connected with a major Russian cyber security company.

Moscow security company FalconGaze issued a press release referring to Mr. Tveritinov as Chief Executive Officer of InfoKube, another security company that cooperated with FalconGaze on an information security project for Russian scientific research institutions.

Meanwhile, yesterday Falcongaze claimed that its technology could intercept communications over Telegram. Pavel Durov responded by saying that the company's software was a Trojan horse.

https://habrahabr.ru/post/305998

Experts spoke at length about the most sophisticated Russian hacking group.

https://hitech.newsru.com/article/01aug2017/cobalt

The most dangerous Russian hackers stole one billion euros from banks.

https://thebell.io/samye-opasnye-hakery-rossii-ukrali-u-bankov-1-mlrd-rublej/

Because the Carbanak group remained in the spotlight for quite some time, years of police work resulted in several arrests.

Europol Europol that Ukrainian national “Denis K.”, leader of the Carbanak and Cobalt groups, was arrested.

Denis K. was operating from Spain. He communicated with other group members over the Internet but never met them in real life.

At the same time, Ukraine's Cyber Police division announced that it had managed to identify another member of the gang–a thirty-year-old resident of Kiev. The suspect was presumed to have joined the group in 2016 and was responsible for designing and maintaining the exploits used in the attacks.

https://www.securitylab.ru/news/492307.php

https://cyberpolice.gov.ua/news/kiberpolicziya-vykryla-ukrayinskogo-xakera-u-vzlami-kompyuteriv-svitovyx-bankiv-ta-goteliv-4470

Experts also provide different information about the hacking groups.

Carbanak is comprised of about 100 individuals.

https://www.rbc.ru/technology_and_media/01/08/2017/597f49959a79479c007bb697

And what's the upshot? Apart from Denis K., the group also included three other men.

#responsibility #hacker

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Criminals recognise no borders, but look how easy it is just to put a label on something… Of course, such allegations are disproved over time, but since everyone already knows who is to blame, no one will care to notice that.

Congratulations to Europol and the other parties involved in the arrest on their successful operation! And please, let's leave politics out of it. Criminals must be punished regardless of their citizenship.

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