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Four arrested in Brazil suspected of hacking into government officials


The federal police of Brazil caught and detained 4 persons over alleged hacking into one thousand mobile phones of different government officials, notably Paulo Guedes the Economy Minister. Based on an order by a judge, Suelen Priscila de Oliveira, Elias Santos, Walter Delgatti Neto and Danilo Cristiano Marques were arrested. The four accused were residents of 3 separate cities within the state of Sao Paulo. As accords to the verdict, the accused infiltrated messaging application A/Cs belonging to 2 police investigators of the federation, 2 judges also of the federation, and Sergio Moro.


Police started probing an apparent hacker operation after text messages got leaked as they were exchanged between Sergio Moro the Justice Minister, who was formerly anti-corruption judge, as also the key prosecutors within the graft investigation named Operation Carwash.


Following leakage of those confidential messages within a news website namely The Intercept, the government of Brazil got roiled thus triggering doubts regarding how much impartial Moro was based on his sentencing of erstwhile President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to jail over money laundering and corruption. While doubting the leaked material's veracity, Moro as well maintains that there's no wrongdoing evident from the texts and that criminal hackers had simply victimized him. www.bloomberg.com posted this, July 25, 2019.


Judge Vallisney de Souza Oliveira wrote within a court order, which set detention of the 4 persons, that there was a hack into the Telegram messaging application of Moro, together with the 2 police officers' and 2 judges Telegram messaging applications too. The judge further asked Apple, Microsoft and Google for giving the IP addresses of the suspects, their registration data along with the entire cloud-based data and archives.


Among the 4 suspects, two received lakhs of reais through bank transactions during past few months. The judge directed for tracking those funds for determining probable sponsors in the hacking assault. He then stated the group carried out dubious transactions valuing $167,000 during April 18-June 29.


Attorney Ariovaldo Moreira on behalf of Suelen Priscila and Gustavo stated a large portion of that money was sourced from bitcoin transactions. Both Priscila and Gustavo dismiss doing anything wrong.


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