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GandCrab ransomware hacker arrested in Belarus – Naked Security

Law enforcement in Belarus has announced the arrest of a 31-year-old man who is alleged to have extorted more than 1000 victims with the infamous GandCrab ransomware in 2017 and 2018.

He apparently demanded payments ranging from $400 to $1500 in Bitcoin.

Unlike more targeted attacks where crooks break into networks first and directly infect them with ransomware later, the unnamed suspect is said to have gone after victims by the more traditional route of spamming out booby-trapped emails across the globe.

The Belarus Ministry of Interal Affairs claims that computers that the suspect managed to infect were in more than 100 different countries, notably India, US, Ukraine, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Russia.

The authorities have painted a picture of the suspect as what you might call a “career” cybercriminal – allegedly he did not have a regular job but instead:

  • Used GandCrab malware variants to conduct ransomware attacks.
  • Created and sold malware for buyers on underground forums.
  • Made money out of illicit cryptomining.