Ukrainian Cops Bust Mobile Device Hacking Group
Ukrainian investigators are celebrating after claiming to have arrested a prolific mobile hacking gang which targeted victims via Apple and Samsung phishing sites.
Cyber-specialists arrested five alleged members of the so-called “Phoenix” group at the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU).
Users were apparently lured to their phishing sites and, after downloading an app there, would unwittingly give the hackers remote access to their devices.
“The data obtained in this way allowed the attackers to withdraw funds from citizens’ accounts and sell information about their private lives to third parties,” the SSU explained. “The average ‘cost’ for unauthorized access to a mobile phone owner’s account was $200.”
The group also made money by unlocking lost and stolen Apple gadgets which were subsequently sold through a network of stores in the cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv.
Phoenix had apparently been active for at least two years, amassing hundreds of victims over that time.
Investigators searched five addresses, including the suspected hackers’ homes and ‘telephone shops’ which were actually “underground technical centers.”
They seized stolen mobile phones and computing equipment including software and hardware designed to hijack accounts.
Interestingly, the five residents of Kyiv and Kharkiv are all