Cybersecurity is the great theme of this beginning of the 21st century. Well, as society becomes more and more digital, hundreds of people around the world organize to hack our computers, and be able to access our personal information, steal our money or extort us in some way. Just what happened to 129 million car owners in Russia, whose data is sold by Bitcoin.
The Importance of Network Security
The Internet has brought great benefits for the entire society beyond Bitcoin. Allowing millions of people, worldwide, to connect with each other, and have access to all the knowledge accumulated by humanity. Creating a more prosperous, intelligent and interconnected world.
However, this same interconnection created between users in search of sharing opinions, skills, and knowledge through the network. It has also been created between groups of hackers whose sole objective is to break the security of the computers of users and companies. With the aim of stealing personal data, obtaining money through scams, and even extorting money in exchange for a payment.
And on many occasions, these criminal groups have taken advantage of the same advantages that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies offer, to demand payments from their victims in these virtual currencies. Trying to mask their criminal activities behind the privacy and agility that Blockchain technology offers.
Bitcoin used by hackers in Russia
This would be exactly the case of hackers who managed to enter the database of the General Administration of Road Safety of the Russian Interior Ministry. Extracting personal information from more than 129 million Russian car owners, according to the Russian news agency RBC.
Among the information extracted is the full name of the people, their address, passport number, among other data. Both of which are selling on the black market for 0.3 BTC ($ 2,812 at the time of writing), a full version of the data. And for 1.5 BTC ($ 14,061) exclusive information contained therein.
Despite the importance of Russian cybersecurity capabilities, it appears that they have not been sufficient to prevent this theft of information from one of its ministries. This compromises the security of millions of inhabitants in Russia.
As well as showing how cybercriminals continue to take advantage of cryptocurrencies for their illegal activities. What makes this our Today’s Data here at CryptoTrend.