A 21-year-old resident of the Cherepovets district decided to cash in on Internet users. For several months, the young man installed malware on other people’s computers remotely. They blocked the operation of technical means, and a message with the conditions for resuming work crawled out on the screens of users.
“The program displayed a pre—prepared text message on the user’s screen with an offer to unlock the computer for a monetary reward in the form of a transfer to the attacker’s crypto wallet,” the press service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation for the Vologda Region reports. The young man was engaged in a similar occupation from August to October 2020. In total, Cherepovets blocked more than a thousand computers, the FSB press service reports.
After the arrest, the young man pleaded guilty and provided the necessary assistance to the investigation. A criminal case was initiated on the facts of the use of programs designed to block information and neutralize means of protection. The prosecution stressed that the crime was committed by a hacker out of self-interest.
Taking into account the admission of guilt and assistance to the investigation, the convicted person was sentenced to a year of imprisonment on probation with a probation period of six months. The verdict has entered into force.