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 kind of year?
Just a few days after the incident, British authorities arrested two people within the United Kingdom, identified as a British man as well as also a Swedish woman, both 50-year-old, on request of U.S. officials.
however today US federal court affidavit has revealed in which two Romanian nationals were behind the attack in which hacked into 70% of the computers in which control Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department’s surveillance camera network in January This kind of year, CNN reports.
The two suspects—Mihai Alexandru Isvanca, 25, as well as also Eveline Cismaru, 28—were arrested in Bucharest on December 15 on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud as well as also 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 cameras used to monitor public areas in D.C. by infecting computers with ransomware in an effort to extort money.
Ransomware is usually an infamous piece of malicious software in which has been known for locking up computer files as well as also then demanding a ransom (usually in Bitcoins) to help victims unlock their files.
The cyber attack occurred just days before the inauguration of President Donald Trump as well as also lasted for almost four days, eventually leaving the CCTV cameras out of recording anything between 12 as well as also 15 January 2017.
Instead of fulfilling ransom demands, the DC police department took the storage devices offline, removed the infection as well as also rebooted the systems across the city, ensuring in which the surveillance camera system was secure as well as also fully operational.
“This kind of case was of the highest priority due to its impact on the Secret Service’s protective mission as well as also its potential effect on the security plan for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration,” the Justice Department said.
“The investigation revealed no evidence in which any person’s physical security was threatened or harmed due to the disruption of the MPD surveillance cameras.”
The affidavit, dated December 11, mentions the defendants used two types of cryptocurrency ransomware variants—Cerber as well as also Dharma. various other evidence also revealed a scheme to distribute ransomware by email to at least 179,000 email addresses.
“According to the complaint, further investigation showed in which the two defendants, Isvanca as well as also Cismaru, participated within the ransomware scheme using the compromised MPD surveillance camera computers, among others,” the Justice Department said.
“The investigation also identified certain victims who had received the ransomware or whose servers had been accessed during the scheme.”
However, the item is usually still unclear whether the pair arrested was solely behind the attack or were part of a more comprehensive cybercriminal network.
While Isvanca remains in custody in Romania, Cismaru is usually under house arrest pending further legal proceedings, according to the Justice Department.
If extradited as well as also convicted, the Romanian defendants could face a maximum of 20 years in prison.