Spain’s most harmful and elusive hacker now in police custody
The police in Spain have arrested José Luis Huertas (aka “Alcaseca”, “Mango”, “chimichuri”), a 19-year-old thought to be essentially the most harmful hackers within the nation.
Huertas is taken into account to be chargeable for a number of high-profile cyberattacks and for making a search engine known as Udyat (the attention of Horus) devoted to promoting stolen delicate info in massive numbers.
A police investigation began in November 2022 ultimately result in the identification and arrest of the younger hacker, who has been described as “a critical menace to nationwide safety.”
At Huertas’ house and different registered addresses, legislation enforcement brokers seized massive quantities of money, documentation, and computer systems that can assist uncover the hacker’s exercise.
The investigation was launched after breaching the pc community of Spain’s nationwide council of the judiciary (CGPJ). Throughout this assault, the hacker stole the info of 575,000 taxpayers and created a database to promote that info to different cybercriminals.
The small print hosted on that unlawful service embrace personally identifiable info, account numbers, financial institution numbers, and extra.
Huertas can also be accused of impersonating Paolo Vasile, the CEO of Gestevisión Telecinco/Mediaset España, and stealing EUR 300,000 from him. Expenses additionally embrace attacking high-state establishments and cash laundering.
The hacker grew bolder with every assault, to the purpose that in an interview on YouTube he claimed to have entry to info of roughly 90% of all Spanish residents.
Policia Nacional says that following a fancy investigation, specialists within the cyber menace investigation of the Basic Data Police Station have been in a position to determine the person chargeable for the assaults, a 19-year-old man with an extended historical past on this planet of cybercrime.
In accordance with particulars in native media, the Spanish police have been in a position to monitor the younger hacker by following the cash path for the internet hosting providers of the “Eye of Horus” server.
Though Huertas was utilizing cryptocurrency that had been “cleaned” by mixing providers, the police might nonetheless hint the funds with the assistance of consultants on the Nationwide Cryptological Heart.
Huertas will stay in custody till the date of his trial, because the investigators take into account there’s an infinite threat that he’ll escape, destroy proof, and proceed to commit crimes of comparable nature.
Decide José Luis Calama motivated his resolution for the suspect to stay detained by saying that he has vital quantities of cryptocurrency that might permit him to reside anyplace on this planet, avoiding the motion of Spanish justice.