OM demands a cell and community service against suspects




behind Coinvault ransomware
Public Prosecutor has demanded 240 hours of community service and a year in prison against the two Dutch men suspected of having developed and distributed the Coinvault ransomware. The brothers were arrested in 2015. Nine months of punishment are conditional.

On Thursday, a session took place in Rotterdam where the suspects, now 21 and 25 years old, were present, writes de Telegraaf . The Public Prosecutor states that between 2014 and 2015 they both earned ten thousand euros by infecting around 1259 systems with their malware. The ransom to recover the encrypted files amounted to one bitcoin, which in 2014 had a maximum value of up to seven hundred euros. The newspaper writes that one of the victims demands that his compensation be repaid in bitcoins. The brothers have indicated that they regret their actions.

De Volkskrant recently published an article based on interviews with the men. In it, the newspaper writes that the ransomware also infected the system of a Swede who then contacted security company Kaspersky Lab. A Dutch researcher of the company investigated Coinvault and discovered complete Dutch sentences in the source code. He also found a path to c: / users / .. , in which he found a first and last name. Then the creators of the ransomware occasionally gave up their actual IP address when making a connection with the c2 server. That was the reason for the police to place a tap.

The two men were arrested in Amersfoort in 2015 , after the police had made known that there were indications that the suspects were behind the malware in the Netherlands.



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