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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Romanian hackers used surveillance cameras in Washington DC to spread ransomware

Romanians Mihai Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru are accused of having infiltrated 65% of the outdoor surveillance cameras in Washington, DC, in a move aimed at spreading ransomware through spam emails.

The US authorities say the two Romanian hackers, who operated outside the US, managed to infiltrate 123 out of the 187 surveillance cameras in the city, which are operated by the DC city police, reports CNN. The alleged hacking took place in early-January.

Isvanca and Cismaru are also accused of using the computers behind the cameras to distribute ransomware through spam emails. They wanted to use the malware to lock the victims’ computers. The victims were then supposed to pay to regain access.

The Romanian hackers were traced through their registered email addresses.

Five other Romanian hackers were arrested over the past week in an international cybercrime investigation. Three of them are suspected of infecting computer systems by spreading the CTB-Locker (Curve-Tor-Bitcoin Locker) malware – a form of file-encrypting ransomware. Meanwhile, two other suspects from the same criminal group were arrested in Bucharest in a parallel ransomware investigation linked to the US, according to Europol. The criminal group is now prosecuted for unauthorised computer access, serious hindering of a computer system, misuse of devices with the intent of committing cybercrimes and blackmail.

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Romanian hackers used surveillance cameras in Washington DC to spread ransomware

Romanians Mihai Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru are accused of having infiltrated 65% of the outdoor surveillance cameras in Washington, DC, in a move aimed at spreading ransomware through spam emails.

The US authorities say the two Romanian hackers, who operated outside the US, managed to infiltrate 123 out of the 187 surveillance cameras in the city, which are operated by the DC city police, reports CNN. The alleged hacking took place in early-January.

Isvanca and Cismaru are also accused of using the computers behind the cameras to distribute ransomware through spam emails. They wanted to use the malware to lock the victims’ computers. The victims were then supposed to pay to regain access.

The Romanian hackers were traced through their registered email addresses.

Five other Romanian hackers were arrested over the past week in an international cybercrime investigation. Three of them are suspected of infecting computer systems by spreading the CTB-Locker (Curve-Tor-Bitcoin Locker) malware – a form of file-encrypting ransomware. Meanwhile, two other suspects from the same criminal group were arrested in Bucharest in a parallel ransomware investigation linked to the US, according to Europol. The criminal group is now prosecuted for unauthorised computer access, serious hindering of a computer system, misuse of devices with the intent of committing cybercrimes and blackmail.

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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