US prosecutors have charged two Romanians with piracy Washington DC police computers connected to the surveillance cameras, only a few days before that the President of Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The pair are being held in Romania, after having been arrested at Bucharest Otopeni airport on 15 December.
Mihai Alexandru Isvanca, 25, and Eveline Cismaru, 28, which would have been viewed 123 outdoor cameras surveillance in the framework of a suspicion of ransomware plan.
Mr. Trump was sworn in on January 20.
The U.S. Department of Justice said that the case was “an absolute priority” because of the security surrounding the presidential inauguration.
The authors intend to use the camera computers to send ransomware to over 179,600 e-mail addresses and extort money from the victims, the ministry of justice said in a press release.
Investigators have identified the victims who received the ransomware or whose computer servers have been consulted, he added.
There is no evidence that the alleged hijackers had physically hurt or threatened anyone, the united states added.
A secret service agent, James Graham, said in an affidavit that two variants of “sophisticated malware” had been put on three of the police computers, one called the “cerber” and the other is known under the name of “dharma”.
In ransomware attacks, the malware is secretly installed on computers, usually via rogue e-mail attachments, which blocks the programs. The hackers demand payment in exchange for unlocking the computer.
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Mr. Isvanca and Ms Cismaru are accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud – that is, financial fraud with the aid of computers – which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
The EU’s police agency Europol said three other suspects have also been arrested in Romania this month in a survey on ransomware. The united KINGDOM, the National Crime Agency has been involved in the investigation.
The three are suspected of infecting computers with the CTB-Locker (Curve-Tor-Bitcoin Locker) malware.
A Europol statement says Romanian police have switched over in early 2017 by the Dutch High Tech Crime Unit and other authorities about a group of Romanians from the sending of spam messages.
The spam e-mails attachments as if they were coming from well-known companies in Italy, the netherlands and the united KINGDOM. Once opened, on a Windows system, these malicious attachments encrypted files on the computer.