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SBU blocks distribution of spying software in Ukraine

SBU officers in cooperation with the Prosecutor’s Office blocked the distribution of malicious software, aimed at remote covert obtaining of information from mobile terminals.

SBU operatives established that the criminal group of individuals from different regions of Ukraine developed application for covert retrieval of information from mobile devices. Their “services” were sold to clients through specially created web-resources.

The customer, having completed the appropriate application, initially received a test access to the “service”. Customers received a “link” which they had to download to the telephone of the person they wanted to track. The program was launched automatically after switching on the mobile phone and acted covertly, without signs of activity.

The malicious application permitted to tap wire, SMS and MMS correspondence, to determine the subscriber’s location, to copy correspondence exchanged via popular messengers and e-mail, to obtain access to photo and video files on the mobile device.

All received data was kept for a client in the “personal cabinet” on offenders’ web-resources. To use the “service”, the client had to make a payment for the required usage period via the electronic payment systems.

SBU officers in Kharkiv region conducted a range of searches in offices and in the residences of the participants of the group, seizing evidence of the illegal activity of the offenders.

The uncovered software, installed on the mobile device, is special technical equipment for covert obtaining of information, experts say.

The criminal proceeding is conducted on offence stipulated by Part 1 Article 359 (illegal use of special technology for covert obtaining of information) and Part 1 Article 361 (unauthorized interference with the work of electronic computing machines, automated systems, computer networks or telecommunication networks) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The issue of notifying of suspicion in committing the crime is being settled.

Urgent investigative actions are under way.


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Zhydkov Dmytro Mykhailovych
Shevchenko Daniil Borysovych
Yatsenko Viktor Viacheslavovych

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