A former Dutch cybersecurity skilled was sentenced to 4 years in jail after being discovered responsible of hacking and blackmailing greater than a dozen corporations within the Netherlands and worldwide.
The suspect, a 21-year-old man from Zandvoort named Pepijn Van der Stap, has been convicted on a number of expenses, together with hacking into victims’ computer systems, extortion, and laundering a minimum of 2.5 million euros in cryptocurrency.
The courtroom sentenced him to 4 years of imprisonment, with one 12 months being conditional, accompanied by a three-year probationary interval. The decision follows an in depth investigation carried out by the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, which requested for a six-year jail sentence.
Van der Stap, alongside together with his accomplices, was concerned in a collection of cybercrimes that focused each home and worldwide corporations and establishments between August 2020 and January 2023, in accordance to the Dutch Public Prosecution Service.
The group resorted to blackmail as a method of extorting massive quantities of cash from focused corporations, threatening to leak the stolen information on-line until a ransom was paid. Moreover, Van der Stap infiltrated numerous networks, stealing delicate information from compromised corporations and organizations.
When looking out his pc, regulation enforcement brokers discovered numerous malicious instruments and private data stolen from hundreds of thousands of people, acquired by hacking, purchases, or exchanges with different cyber criminals, and put up on the market on numerous hacking boards.
The Dutch Public Prosecution Service additionally revealed that Van der Stap helped different criminals by promoting or buying and selling this stolen delicate information, inflicting hundreds of thousands in damages to the affected organizations.
The investigation into Van der Stap’s cybercriminal exercise commenced in March 2021 following a report from an Amsterdam-based firm. Regardless of ongoing authorized proceedings, not all organizations have reported being focused and the extent of their losses.
Whitehat throughout the day, cybercriminal at night time
At one level, Van der Stap labored for Hadrian Safety and volunteered on the Dutch Institute for Vulnerability Disclosure (DIVD), as first reported by DataBreaches.web.
He was additionally a member of the now-defunct RaidForums and BreachForums, in addition to different hacking boards like Sinister[.]ly, HackForums, Leakforums, and Maza, utilizing a number of nicknames, together with Espeon, Umbreon, Lizardom, Egoshin, Togepi, OFTF, and Rekt.
RaidForums was shut down in April 2022 after its founder and admin, Diogo Santos Coelho, was apprehended in a coordinated motion involving regulation enforcement businesses in a number of nations.
Each have been thought-about the most important hacking boards earlier than their seizure, with lots of of hundreds of customers using them as on-line platforms for buying and selling and promoting stolen databases.
“The vast majority of my legal hacking actions came about earlier than I began doing lawful work. I had already began chopping again on blackhat hacking earlier than I began working for whitehat entities. As soon as I started working in authentic jobs, I actually began dedicating my abilities to moral functions,” Van der Stap instructed DataBreaches.web in an interview.
“For about 16 months earlier than my arrest, I used to be not engaged in a lot criminality and needed to get out altogether. However as a lot as I needed to get out, it felt unimaginable at occasions.”