The Kelvin Security Hacker Group stands accused of conducting 300 high-profile cyber attacks over the last three years, targeting strategic sectors in 90+ countries.
In an announcement on December 10, 2023, the Spanish National Police in Alicante city revealed the arrest of the alleged leader of the financial arm of ‘Kelvin Security,’ a notorious hacking group.
Identified as a Venezuelan citizen, apparently, under the suspect’s leadership, the Kelvin Security group was involved in over 300 high-profile cyber attacks spanning the last three years, targeting strategic sectors in more than 90 countries.
The group’s modus operandi involved exploiting vulnerabilities in strategic entities to gain access credentials and extract confidential information. Subsequently, they traded this sensitive data on various cybercrime, hacking and dark web forums.
The arrested Venezuelan individual now faces charges including membership in a criminal organization, disclosure of secrets, computer damage, and money laundering. He is believed to be the central figure responsible for laundering funds obtained through the group’s illicit activities, primarily utilizing cryptocurrency exchanges.
The investigation initiated two years ago, originated from sophisticated cyber attacks on the computer systems of Spanish municipalities Getafe and Camas. Cyber investigation experts traced these attacks back to the cybercrime forums operated by the ‘Kelvin Security group on the dark web.
Exploiting vulnerabilities in websites, software, and information storage services, the group systematically extracted sensitive data from institutions and entities in strategic sectors globally. Their latest known attack occurred in November 2023, when they exfiltrated a database containing confidential information of over 85,000 customers from an energy company.
The apprehension of the suspected leader of the Kelvin Security hacker group underscores the determination of cybercriminals to conceal their tracks, yet authorities consistently stay one step ahead.
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