Romanian hackers use CCTV cameras to infiltrate police computers to send ransomware


In 2018, documents filed in a court case showed that a few days before the 2017 inauguration of US president Donald Trump - timing that may have been a coincidence - two Romanian hackers took over 123 of the police department's 187 surveillance cameras in Washington, DC with the intention of using police computers to email ransomware to more than 179,000 accounts. The prosecution also said the alleged hackers had stolen banking credentials and passwords and could have used police computers to anonymise their attempts at fraud. The same hackers also tricked Amazon UK into sending money to the Romanians.

Writer: Peter Hermann

Publication: Washington Post

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