Amsterdam student arrested in Belgian hacking research

The police in Amsterdam arrested a Dutch student at the request of the judicial authorities in Belgium. The 22-year-old man is said to have hacked more than 1 million user accounts with two Belgian telecom providers and Dutch companies. He was dismissed during an investigation by the federal police in Hasselt, Belgium.

The man was caught red-handed. He had a database containing 2.5 million Belgian and 4.5 million Dutch email addresses, including the associated passwords. Belgian investigators were present at his arrest.

“The suspect earned large sums of money for years by supplementing the e-mail addresses with further personal data of the users, such as telephone and bank account numbers,” says the Belgian OM.

The data is said to have been sold to cybercriminals. They were able to set up targeted phishing campaigns and extortion campaigns with ransomware.

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