Media: FBI investigating hack of servers of the Agency Dow Jones, allegedly by hackers from Russia


NEW YORK, October 17. /Corr. Kirill Volkov/. U.S. authorities are investigating the hacking of email servers of the Agency financial information Dow Jones. This was reported on Friday by Bloomberg.

According to him, the investigation are the FBI, the U.S. securities Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Secret service, whose duty it including includes the prevention of various types of financial fraud and identity theft. According to Bloomberg, us authorities believe that an unauthorized access to the computers Dow Jones involved in a “group of Russian hackers”. The Agency refers to sources familiar with the investigation, but provides no supporting information on it.

According to Bloomberg, the hackers stole valuable insider information and other data of Dow Jones, which can be used to gain an advantage in the course of trading, even before their official publication. Reportedly, the investigation “began at least a year ago.”

Hackers from Ukraine

And in August, the FBI reported that a group of Ukrainian hackers stole insider information from the servers of the information service PRNewswire Association. Allegations of cyber crime have been put forward against the Ukrainian hackers Ivan Turchynov and Alexander Eremenko, traders Arcadia Oak and his son Igor, who lives in the USA, but also in terms of their relative Paul Oak, Ukrainian trader.

According to authorities, over several years, they have downloaded about 150 thousand of press releases, including corporate data that can be used to make profitable transactions on the market. Hackers allegedly passed on information to their accomplices in the USA, which it bought shares of dozens of companies, earning approximately $30 million.

Illegal sale of data is growing

Internet criminals are finding different ways of earning: fraud in the systems of Internet banking, the cashing in of money, banking phishing, “carding”, the distribution of counterfeit SOFTWARE. Another means of illegal income is the growth of C2C-(consumer to consumer): sale of traffic, downloads, provision of services for anonymization.

But most of the cybercrime market in Russia is still spam. Its volume in Russia, according to Group-IB, last year reached $841 million Spam is used for different purposes, but the main income is derived from promoting counterfeit pharmaceutical products (pharmaceuticals copies of well-known brands, sold under the same brands without permission, or imitations of them). According to Group-IB, every month there are about 10 thousand of shops selling counterfeit pharmaceuticals and sending out advertising spam.

In a separate article of incomes of cybercriminals, analysts have identified the market of stolen data on Bank cards – “carding”. This year the share of “carding” in all volume of the market of cybercrime, according to the estimates of Group-IB, was $680 million for This segment for the last 10 years has finally emerged, organizing mass automated distribution channels in the form of electronic trading platforms. “Professional sellers”, massively stealing information from Bank cards in retail chains and online retail, wholesale put it on these sites. For such a “service” cyber criminals are getting an average of one-half of the amount of retail sales data. Trading platforms offer two types of information: text data about the cards (number, expiration date, cardholder name, address, CVV code) and “dump” (contents of magnetic strip cards). Market value “dump” card on average 10 times higher than the cost of textual information about the map. Having a “dump” card, you can make its physical counterpart and to conduct transactions in offline points of sale: to buy, for example, expensive electronics, luxury goods, medicines and other goods to be sold on the secondary market.

One of the largest online sites trafficking in stolen data from credit cards shop today is SWIPED. Analysts from Group-IB noted that, as of may 2014, was offered for SWIPED purchase card banks from 148 countries. While the U.S. was leading in the number of stolen cards by a significant margin – more than 5 million cards. Just store the data about 6,78 million cards, and in the last year alone has been downloaded 5.5 million maps.