ct logo wslogan

i-medIT Blog

At i-medIT, we provide a comprehensive range of computer and technology solutions to small business owners and Ambulatory Health Care entities. We specialize in helping companies focus on their business by leveraging IT to serve their goals and objectives rather than being a distraction.
Customers come to us for managed services, healthcare IT, project management, IT consulting, HIPAA Compliance, PCI Compliance, server virtualization, and data backup. These core services help our customers run their own companies and take their business goals to the next level.

Perpetrators of Three Major Cyber Crimes Have Pled Guilty

Perpetrators of Three Major Cyber Crimes Have Pled Guilty

Every so often, it’s nice to hear about when the good guys win and cybercriminals get their comeuppance. Three such cybercriminals have entered guilty pleas to charges related to major cybersecurity events.

Mirai was a malware strain that creates a botnet out of enslaved Internet of Things devices. By leveraging the resources of these IoT devices, Mirai took down networks and websites. 20 and 21-year-olds Josiah White and Paras Jha have pled guilty for developing and leveraging Mirai.

The duo were co-founders of Protraf Solutions LLC, a company that would mitigate DDoS attacks. Their business model was to sell their solutions to their DDoS victims, or use the DDoS attack the old-fashioned way: as a means of collecting ill-gotten monies from those desperate enough to pay them to stop the attack. Along with 21-year-old Dalton Norman, White and Jha also used Mirai to power a click fraud scheme that net them about 200 Bitcoin, Norman alone netting 30.

Mirai ultimately went on to power one of the biggest attacks the world has ever seen, using IoT devices to take down Dyn, causing many major websites to go down.

Ultimately, the three young malware developers were each charged with click fraud conspiracy, earning each a $250,000 fine and a stay of up to five years in prison. Jha and White plead guilty to conspiracy charges for writing and using Mirai and were each sentenced to an additional 5 years in prison and $250,000 fine, as well as three years of supervised release.

NSA Data
An employee of the National Security Agency, Nghia Hoang Pho, pled guilty on December 17, 2017, to a charge of “willful retention of national defense information.” According to the United States Justice Department, Pho was hired in 2006 as a developer for the Tailored Access Operations unit. The Tailored Access Operations unit, or TAO unit, creates specialized hacking tools that are used to collect data from the information systems used by overseas targets.

Between 2010 and March of 2015, Pho removed classified data and stored it on his home computer, which utilized antivirus software from Kaspersky Lab. Kaspersky Lab is suspected of having been exploited by Russian hackers to steal documents, perhaps including the ones Pho removed and saved at home.

The United States Department of Homeland Security has since issued a directive that bans the use of Kaspersky software in federal agencies. Pho could face up to 10 years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing on April 6.

One of four men who faced indictment in March of 2017 has pled guilty to hacking into Yahoo and exposing the usernames, passwords, and account information for essentially every Yahoo user, with the number of victims counting to about one billion.

22-year-old Karim Baratov, a Canadian, has been charged with working for two members of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation. In his work for the FSB, Baratov hacked into 80 accounts, as well as a total of over 11,000 webmail accounts since 2010. Baratov also provided hacking services that enabled access to accounts with Google, Yahoo, and Yandex, via the use of spear-phishing through custom content and a malicious link.

For his activities, Baratov has pled guilty to a total of nine counts. One count, for aggravated identity theft, has a mandatory sentence of two years, while each of the other eight counts could net him 10 years in jail and a fine of $250,000. However, the federal sentencing guidelines established in the United States could reduce the final sentence considerably.

While it is nice to see those responsible for cybercrime paying their dues, it is even better for certain cybercrimes to be prevented in the first place. i-medIT can help your business with that. Call us at 630-549-6199.



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Best Practices Privacy Google Hackers Business Computing Backup Microsoft Cloud Innovation Small Business Email Smartphones Efficiency Software Malware Hardware Android Business Cybercrime Ransomware VoIP Windows Mobile Devices How To Data Data Backup Network Security Mobile Device Management Productivity Cybersecurity Business Management User Tips Cloud Computing Managed IT Services Internet Social Engineering Business Continuity Chrome Browser Computers Social Media Gadgets App Upgrade Telephone Systems Windows 10 Smartphone Money Two-factor Authentication Internet of Things Computer Law Enforcement Outsourced IT Phishing Alert Spam Collaboration Data Breach Managed IT Services Data Recovery Server Data Security Communication Vulnerability Automation Disaster Recovery Safety Bring Your Own Device Operating System Apps Office 365 Communications Miscellaneous The Internet of Things Virtualization BDR Bandwidth Data Storage Hosted Solutions Word IT Management Router OneNote Government IT Plan Downtime Unsupported Software Data Protection Windows 10 Recovery Redundancy Spam Blocking Avoiding Downtime VPN Comparison Quick Tips BYOD Saving Money Network Internet Exlporer Remote Monitoring Artificial Intelligence Physical Security Data storage Business Intelligence Private Cloud Update Google Drive Save Money Passwords Wi-Fi Public Cloud Gmail CES Humor YouTube Screen Mirroring Workforce Budget Frequently Asked Questions Hybrid Cloud Cortana Start Menu Computer Fan Google Docs Content Management Files Cast Telecommuting Excel PDF Google Apps Netflix Tools FENG Website Office Blockchain Monitor History Remote Work Current Events Tip of the week Going Green Employer-Employee Relationship Uninterrupted Power Supply IT Support Voice over Internet Protocol Password Black Market Relocation HIPAA NarrowBand Identity Theft Data Management Knowledge Windows Server 2008 Workers Office Tips Managed IT Human Resources User Error Wireless Technology Credit Cards Network Congestion Windows 7 Settings Botnet Infrastructure Cleaning Staff Sports Multi-Factor Security HaaS IT Services Productivity Fraud IT Consultant Flash Travel Reputation Password Manager Tech Support Apple Root Cause Analysis Trending Holiday Big Data Robot Electronic Medical Records End of Support Software Tips Amazon Charger Laptop Customer Business Mangement Shadow IT iPhone Digital Signature Flexibility Internet exploMicrosoft Chromecast Amazon Web Services webinar Sync Windows 10s Computer Care Marketing Touchpad Hacking Recycling Managed Service Provider Encryption Meetings Specifications Networking Hiring/Firing Advertising Online Shopping Conferencing Automobile Samsung eWaste Accountants IBM Legal Patch Management HBO Evernote DDoS Emails Telephony Solid State Drive Work/Life Balance Value Criminal Outlook Health Data loss Millennials Keyboard Supercomputer Scam Wireless Charging Skype Audit Microsoft Office Facebook Experience Mobile Device Transportation Bluetooth IT solutions SaaS Music Video Games Benefits Battery Scalability Firewall Education Worker Information Technology Content Assessment Wearable Technology Workplace Tips Smart Technology Computing Infrastructure Rootkit Audiobook Television Techology USB Instant Messaging Two Factor Authentication Applications Training CrashOverride Entertainment Public Computer Troubleshooting Users Vendor Management Wireless IT Support Virtual Reality Books Save Time Worker Commute Remote Computing Risk Management Mobility Emergency Search Politics How to Employer Employee Relationship Thank You Best Practice Computer Accessories Webinar WiFi Congratulations Loyalty