Cybersecurity company Trend Micro has discovered a new group of cybercriminals known as Rockethack.
According to an article published in Forbes, the gang carries out sophisticated attacks that have already affected nearly 3,500 businesses and individuals around the world.
The group has been dubbed cybermercenaries. According to the security company, they remain in the shadows and carry out a wide range of cyber crimes, some of them on commission.
How do they operate?
The group’s actions consist of breaking into email and social media accounts in exchange for money and selling sensitive personal data, such as cell phone tower records, bank details, passport details and passenger flight details.
The group offers its services on underground Russian-speaking forums, one of which is Probiv, where cybercriminals interact and conduct business with each other.
Among the actions that have been detected are spying on journalists, human rights activists, politicians, scientists, doctors from IVF clinics, commercial airlines and biotechnology companies, among others.
The group has also been found to sell data to cybercriminals and carry out attacks on computer users. cryptocurrencies.
According to the report, some of the attacks have been prolonged and repeated. The hacking group has also carried out phishing and web attacks against human rights activists and journalists in Uzbekistan since 2016.
According to Trend Micro, more than 25 journalists are believed to have been attacked, although it is estimated that this number may be higher.