Romanian arrested for ransomware attack and data theft

Europol has confirmed arresting a Romanian national for targeting an IT firm in the country.

The U.S. and European law enforcement authorities collaborated to arrest a suspected ransomware affiliate member for targeting Romanian firms in an IT supply chain attack. The operation was led by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), and the Romanian National Police and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) participated in the investigation. 

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EC3 revealed that it supported the JIT (joint investigating team) by providing cryptocurrency tracking, analytical, forensic, and malware analysis support and sent two experts to Romania who helped authorities seize cryptocurrency assets and conduct forensic analysis.

Third Romanian National To be Arrested

According to Europol’s press release, the arrested suspect targeted a high-profile IT firm in Romania, which provides IT services to retail, utility, and energy sector corporations. Reportedly, he is the third Romanian arrested for serving as a ransomware affiliate.

According to Europol, EU’s premier law enforcement agency, the suspect hacked several organizations and stole large amounts of sensitive data. The arrest was made by the Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) after conducting a joint investigation with

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