The press center of the Security Service of Ukraine announced the arrest of a world-famous hacker who operated under the nickname Sanix. Last January, Forbes, The Guardian, and Newsweek wrote about the cybercriminal. TV channel Italia 1 dedicated a separate story to it since the database put up for sale by an unknown person was the largest in the history of the stolen database.
The hacker Sanix turned out to be a 20-year-old resident of the small town of Burshtyn. The guy graduated from high school and college, has no higher education.
At the beginning of last year, Sanix attracted the attention of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts. On one of the forums, a hacker posted an ad for the sale of a database with 773 million email addresses and 21 million unique passwords. According to the portal Wired, this event should be considered the largest theft of personal data in history.
SBU experts claim that the hacker also sold pin codes for bank cards, electronic wallets with cryptocurrency and PayPal accounts.
During the searches, computer equipment with two terabytes of stolen information, phones with evidence of illegal activity and cash from illegal operations in the amount of $7,000, and more than $3,000 were seized from a hacker.
The National Police of Ukraine added that the 87 GB database proposed by the hacker makes up only a small part of the total amount of data that he possessed. More than 3 TB of such databases, uploaded and broken passwords were found at the hacker. This includes the personal and financial data of EU citizens and the United States.
Sanix himself in private correspondence with a BBC journalist noted that he was only a salesman. Sanix said that poverty in the country and an urgent need for money motivated him to become a cybercriminal.