The popular hacker Sanix has been arrested by the Ukrainian Secret Service (SSU). The man is known in the cybercrime underground for selling billions of stolen credentials. The officials did not disclose the man of the cybercriminals, they only said that the man has been arrested in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.
“The Security Service of Ukraine has identified and detained a hacker known as Sanix. Early last year, it caught the attention of global cybersecurity experts by posting on one of the forums the sale of a database with 773 million e-mail addresses and 21 million unique passwords.” reads a press release published by the SSU.
“SBU cyber specialists recorded the sale of databases with logins and passwords to e-mail boxes, PIN codes for bank cards, e-wallets of cryptocurrencies, PayPal accounts, information about computers hacked for further use in botnets and for organizing DDoS attacks”
The man was known for aggregating data, including users’ credentials, in lists that were offered for sale via Telegram (where he used the nickname Sanixer) or in hacking forums.
Sanix was identified by the investigator Brian Krebs as the source of Collection 1 in January 2019. Some of the most popular collections sold in the past by the same hacker are known as Collection #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, Antipublic, and others.
Sanix has been active on the cybercrime underground at least since 2018, he focuses in the sale of stolen data from organizations.
It has been estimated that the man amassed billions of unique username-password combinations.
Stolen credentials were bought by fraudsters, hackers, and scammers to carry out a broad range of malicious activities, such as launching malspam campaign or take over users’ accounts.
During searches at his residence, SSU officers seized computer equipment containing two terabytes of stolen information, phones with evidence of illegal activities and cash from illegal transactions in the amount of almost 190,000 Ukrainian hryvnias (roughly $7,000) and more than $3000.
(SecurityAffairs – Sanix, hacking)