Dismantled in Granada a network of cybercriminals with more than 770,000 passwords purchased on the deep web

The two leaders of the group are minors, and one of them has already been arrested for hacking into the Madrid City Council's health service and bicycle rental systems.

The 13 cybercriminals stole money from their victims using stolen bank details and cards that they acquired on the deep web

They had in their possession 777,750 email credentials with username and password prepared to continue with the scams

The Civil Guard has dismantled in Granada a network of cyber scammers who are accused of a total of 47 crimes of fraud through the fraudulent use of credit cards.

The 13 members of this network – two of them detained – had 777,750 email credentials with the username and password, acquired on the deep web. Cyber ​​crooks stole money from their victims using bank details and cards that they extracted from those credentials.
The detainees carried out the scams from different Spanish provinces, collaborating and coordinating with each other through the internet. They took money from victims mainly in Spain, but also in Germany and the United States.
The two leaders of the hacking group are minors. When verifying his identity, the agents discovered that one of them had already been detained for hacking the computer systems of the Madrid health service and the bicycle rental of the Madrid City Council.
The civil guards of the Technological Research Team (EDITE) of Granada have already recovered effects valued at more than 12,000 euros that had been bought with the scammed cards. More than 6,000 euros in cryptocurrencies have also been seized with which those investigated acquired cards and data to carry out cyber scams.
The detainees formed a criminal group in full expansion of its criminal activities, specialized in the purchase through the internet of objects that they later resold on request or for their own consumption, using stolen cards and bank details that were offered through Internet.
The attention of the investigators is the youth of the criminals who have been identified in this operation, as well as their great knowledge of the network and the very high capacity to commit crimes.
They had established real virtual stores – "blackmarket" in the slang of these criminals -, in which they received orders for products and that after making the purchase with a false card they later delivered at lower prices. In their quest for notoriety, some of them published video recordings of their misdeeds through social networks, obtaining thousands of followers.
The detainees came to charge an elderly pensioner an amount of 485 euros for the purchase of brand name slippers or hookahs, tobacco and drinks, supplanting her identity, until her account was empty.

Safety recommendations

The Civil Guard recommends strengthening the security of our bank cards:
  • Use complex passwords and change them often.
  • Protect the numbering of our cards and PINs to avoid copies and fraudulent use.
  • Regularly check the movements of your bank account.
  • Do not use public Wi-Fi networks to access mail or make purchases.
  • Keep the antivirus of our computer and phone updated.
  • Even so, any security measure should not replace responsible browsing or user prudence.
For more information, you can contact the Peripheral Communication Office of the Civil Guard in Granada, on the phone 958 185 419.

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