Law enforcement authorities in Ukraine have exposed a crime ring specializing in cryptocurrency theft and laundering of illicit funds for hackers. The gang, which provided services to clients on the darknet, has been dismantled as a result of a joint operation carried out with the United States.
Cybercriminals From Ukraine Launder Millions, Offer Flash Drives With Crypto Malware
The Cybersecurity Department at the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has recently identified a group of individuals who allegedly laundered tens of millions of dollars from darknet sources, the agency announced. The Ukrainians were legalizing illicit funds on behalf of international hackers, the SBU revealed in a press release published Monday.
To launder the money, the suspects organized a large-scale scheme involving fake online identities and fictitious persons. Investigators were able to establish that the funds had been transferred through various financial services. Customers were mostly hackers engaged in cyber theft and attacks on banking systems in different parts of the world.
The members of the criminal group were also selling flash drives containing viruses designed to compromise digital wallets and steal cryptocurrency. The operation, carried out with support from U.S. agencies, and with the participation of Ukraine’s national police and the Prosecutor General’s Office, led to searches at addresses in the Southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv. Authorities seized computer equipment, malicious software, paperwork, and cash.
The SBU explained that the collected information and materials are currently being analyzed to prosecute all responsible persons, including foreign clients of the Ukrainian criminals. The law enforcement authority did not provide details regarding the number of those involved and if they were under arrest.