FBI Investigates Russian Hacker Who Advertised Sales Of 1.2 Billion Stolen Web Data

Posted: Nov 25 2015, 6:30am CST | by , in News | Technology News


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The FBI is currently on the heels of a “mr.grey,” a Russian hacker who announced on hackers forums that he is selling users’ data hacked from thousands of websites, including Facebook and Twitter; the US security agency has linked the foreign hacker through a Russian email id to the breach of about 1.2 billion users’ data across the internet.

A US cybersecurity company had in August 2014 warned that a likely Russian syndicate had stolen crucial information from over 420,000 websites, and new data provided by the firm has now linked the Russian hacker to the theft of about 1.2 billion internet data.

This was contained in documents presented at a federal court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and it shows the FBI is possibly on a trail of an internet thief or foreign crime ring that ever stole the large cache of internet usernames and passwords.

The court documents were presented to ratify a search warrant the FBI had been seeking in December 2014.

The FBI was galvanized into action when the US cybersecurity firm, Milwaukee-based Hold Security nicknamed the Russian hacker(s) as “CyberVor,” saying he has access to over 500 million email access details and already in possession of about 1.2 billion internet credentials.

Subsequent upon this, federal investigators found several lists of domain names and utilities that may have been employed at sending spams; and an email opened in 2010 was found in the spam utilities for one “mistergray”.

Funny enough, the FBI conducted searches across hacking forums used by Russian hackers and located several posts made by one “mr.grey” around November 2011 asking people to pay to be supplied users’ information on Twitter and Facebook among others.

Both Twitter and Facebook would not comment on this issue, and the FBI together with the US Justice Department has chosen to keep sealed lips over the matter for now.   

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
Charles is covering the latest discoveries in science and health as well as new developments in technology. He is the Chief Editor or Intel-News.




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