Venezuelan Cardiologist Charged With Selling Ransomware Used by Iranian Hacking Group
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U.S. prosecutors brought charges against Moises Zagala, a Venezuelan cardiologist who taught himself computer programming and allegedly sold ransomware used by an Iranian hacking group MuddyWater to attack Israeli companies
Prosecutors say that Zagala licensed his software to cybercriminals who deployed it to extort victims for money. He allegedly advertised his Jigsaw v. 2 tool on an online forum for $500 and offered to sell the underlying source code for $3,000. In late 2019, Zagala started advertising a new tool online, a “Private Ransomware Builder” he called “Thanos.” Zagala faces two counts of attempted computer intrusions and conspiracy to commit computer intrusions. He lives in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, and has not been arrested by U.S. authorities. (Luc Cohen / Reuters)
Related: Justice Department, PCMag.com, The Record by Recorded Future, Bleeping Computer, DataBreaches.net, Algemeiner.com, Cyberscoop, Jerusalem Post, Infosecurity Magazine, ZDNet Security, iTech Post, The Reg…
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