Prolific porn ransomware operator jailed for more than six years in UK

Zain Qaiser, a 24-year-old student from London, has been incarcerated for six years and five months for his role in a porn ransomware attack, BBC Reports . Qaiser won at least £ 700,000 ($ 914,000) as a result of the scam, although the National Crime Bureau (NCA) of the United Kingdom believes that its actual profits may have amounted to millions.

Working as part of a Russian-speaking organized crime group, Qaiser would pose as a legitimate company looking to buy advertising space in legal pornographic sites. These ads would redirect users to sites containing malware, which would block the victim's computer and display messages that they claim to be from the police. These messages claimed to have registered the webcam as proof of the victim, and demanded a ransom of between $ 300 and $ 1,000 to unlock the machine.


prolific porn ransomware operator jailed for more than six years in uk

The software showed the messages of the victims of Qaiser who claimed to come from law enforcement agencies.
Image: National Crime Agency

total based on the amount of money he laundered through a series of cryptocurrency platforms. The NCA estimated that its ads appeared on up to 21 million web pages each month, with Qaiser earning up to £ 11,000 in July 2014 alone. It had victims in 20 different countries.

The attacks were based on the Angler Exploit Kit, a powerful piece of malware developed and managed by one of its Russian associates. Qaiser divided his profits with this associate. Angler was used to insert more malware, such as Reveton, into the computer of the victim who was responsible for blocking his browser.

Qaiser was finally captured in July 2014 after one of the advertising agencies he used to place ads reported him to the police. Qaiser had carried out a DDoS attack against the company and said: "We can earn some money together". It's my way or not. The K! NG is back. "It is estimated that the company suffered about £ 500,000 in damages as a result of the attack, and then reported it to the police.

The NCA says that Qaiser remained active, even after his arrest in 2014. After it was sectioned at the end of 2017, the Birmingham Mail reports that its hospital's Wi-Fi was used to access the online ad sites used during its offense.The NCA says its offense continued until December 2018.

After initially claiming that he himself had been hacked, Qaiser finally pleaded guilty to 11 counts, including racketeering, fraud, money laundering and computer misuse.

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