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Police arrested one of the most active and dangerous hackers

National Police agents have arrested a man for his alleged connection to the Kelvin hacktivist group

Security. This organization has carried out many attacks against institutions and companies around the world, including Spain. The arrested person is charged with the crimes of belonging to a criminal organization, revealing secrets, computer damage and money laundering.

The police operation, carried out by agents from the General Information Commission (CGI), has the collaboration of the Alicante Provincial Information Brigade and is coordinated by the Alicante Prosecutor’s Office. All this

under the direction of the Court of Instruction number Five in Alicante. The investigation began at the beginning of December 2021, when agents became aware of a series of cyber attacks that affected the systems.

IT professionals in the City Councils of Getafe (Madrid) and Camas (Seville). Subsequently, the City Council of La Haba (Badajoz) and the Government of Castilla-La Mancha were also attacked.

After various efforts to identify the authors, cyber investigation experts noted that the computer attacks were claimed by the Kelvin Security group, through hidden cybercriminal forums where

accessed through the Dark Web. In them, confidential data is sold, especially valuable to actors involved in third countries present in these forums.

They also confirmed how the group exploited vulnerabilities in web pages, software and information storage services of institutions and entities belonging to strategic sectors around the world to carry out a large-scale takeover of sensitive information from internal data, clients, workers and users.

The prisoner is linked to the hacktivist organization Kelvin Security Kelvin Security, whose first network records date back to 2013, profited from the sale of all information obtained illegally, which was attacked more than

300 organizations from more than 90 countries around the world in the last three years. Besides Spain, its targets include countries such as the United States, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Chile and Japan.

The most recent attack was, in the middle of November 2023, at the headquarters of an energy company. In this case they obtained data containing confidential information from more than 85,000 multinational clients. As a result of the investigation, specialists in the fight against cyber threats were able to identify the currently detained person, the main person responsible for money laundering of money obtained from criminal activities in group. It is a citizen of Venezuela that mainly operates through cryptocurrency exchanges.

During the arrest, the prisoner’s house was searched, where many effects and technical support were seized. He was placed at the disposal of the head of the Court of Instruction number Seven of Alicante in the duty of guard, which ordered his entry into prison.

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