Spanish police arrest Russian hacker at Barcelona aiport
Police in Spain have arrested one of the most important Russian hackers sought by the United States.
The 32-year-old, identified only as LISOV S.V, was caught at Barcelona airport as he tried to flee the country to another destination in the EU.
“The Civil Guard in collaboration with the FBI, has arrested in Barcelona the Russian citizen LISOV S.V. 32, sought by the United States of America through an interna-tional detention order, finding him responsible for a network conspiring to commit hacking and fraud using electronic means,” said a police spokesman.
Undercover fraud squad officers had been tracking the Russia for several days after learning of his whereabouts in Catalonia.
He is known to have developed, distributed and used, along with others, malicious software “Never-Quest”, designed to access personal computers and financial institutions in order to steal bank credentials, credit card information and personal and financial information.
The network hacked into accounts and had been under investigation since 2014.
The malicious software “NeverQuest” is better known among cybercrime as “Banking Trojan” and is capable of stealing online bank details, credit card information and other identifiable personal information and financial information.
Lisov is considered a major player in “NeverQuest” and operated servers in France and Germany.
“One of the servers leased by Lisov contained files with millions of login credentials, including user names, passwords, and security questions and answers, for bank and financial website accounts,” said the spokesman for the Spanish police.
The use of NeverQuest malicious software has resulted in financial loss and unauthorised transfer of funds from victim accounts, amounting to approximately $ 5,000,000.