Russia-Based Hacker Pleads Guilty he Executed Biggest Data Hack Inside USA
Department of Justice of United States lately declared that an individual from Russia pleaded guilty of his involvement within a most massive data breach execution ever known that was prosecuted in USA, published businessinsider.in dated September 16, 2015.
According to officials, Drinkman along with 4 accomplices allegedly infiltrated many corporate victims' PC-networks and seized their identifying credentials, usernames and passwords, as well as payment card numbers together with the cardholders' 'personal identification information.' Apparently the defendants via their hacking operation obtained over 160m card numbers.
For making the first entry into the computer networks, the hackers commonly employed a Structured Query Language (SQL) injection assault. SQL, which's one programming language, is used for managing certain distinct databases. In the particular case, the hackers seemingly spotted flaws inside SQL databases as also exploited those flaws for invading the PC-networks. Thereafter, the defendants seemingly planted malware onto the machines.
The malicious software enabled a 'backdoor' access to infected PCs for the hackers. Sometimes, however, the defendants couldn't gain entry into the system because the target organizations had effective security arrangements, nevertheless, because of their persistent assaults, they seemingly managed eventually.
Drinkman and accomplices faced accusation of invading the PC-networks of Retailers 7-Eleven, NASDAQ, JC Penney, Carrefour, and other organizations resulting in losses of over $300m during 2005-12.
In addition to afore-stated organizations, the hacker syndicate's biggest target was Princeton-situated Heartland Payment Systems Inc., a processor of credit cards that SMBs (small-and-medium sized businesses) use. According to officials, 130m card numbers had been seized from that company.
With great caution Drinkman and co-workers interacted via encrypted mediums so they wouldn't get detected while carrying out the hacks. Still more, they utilized security software for protecting their tampering with the computers. Furthermore, they made changes to network settings of the victims so the latter's PCs wouldn't be able to log into accounts from the devices. However, Drinkman got caught, while he's to serve prison for a maximum of 30-years. He is also to hear sentence, 15th January 2016, which will decide if he'll stay jailed for a shorter period because he admitted his crime.
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