Cardiologist Charged for Developing Jigsaw v.2 and Thanos Ransomware

The multi-tasking physician ran a Ransomware-as-a-Service and rented dangerous ransomware to cybercriminals.

The US Department of Justice has unsealed a criminal complaint against French-Venezuelan Moises Luis Zagala Gonzalez for developing two dangerous ransomware strains- Thanos and Jigsaw v.2.

The cardiologist reportedly conducted computer intrusions and created ransomware for cybercriminals and may get up to five years for computer intrusion and another five years in prison for conspiracy to commit computer intrusions.

According to the DoJ, Zagala operated under different nicknames such as “Nebuchadnezzar,” “Aesculapius,” and “Nosophoros,” and had a crew of 5 to 20 people.

Indictment Details

A Brooklyn federal court stated that the 55-year-old accused designed numerous tools for cybercriminals specifically to facilitate ransomware attacks. Federal investigators revealed that Zagala started renting out and selling his ransomware creations in 2019 and offered “extensive customer service” to help cyber criminals understand how to use the tools against their victims “most effectively.”

The US Attorney Breon Peace stated in a press release that the accused “boasted about successful attacks, including by malicious actors associated with the government of Iran.”

Jigsaw v.2 and Thanos Ransomware Details

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the accused developed a second version of the

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