With the recent news that a Romanian nationalist was pleaded to be guilty of hacking more than 125 surveillance cameras from D.C. metro area during 2017 Initiation of President Donald Trump the news headlines are bombarded worldwide.
The culprit named Eveline Cismaru was charged on hacking 126 CCTV’s of the Metropolitan Police Department and locking them down using ransomware that functions by targeting and crippling IT systems until the hackers are paid for preventing the same. After the computers got locked the department was demanded to pay $60,800 in Bitcoin for their unlocking. This information is based on the report issued on Thursday by the U.S. Secret Service. It stated that the cameras were unable to record four days due to the computers being locked. Later with the intervention of MPD IT specialists the devices run offline, with the reinstallation by rebooting the avoiding to pay a ransom.
Not only hacking, the system gave an access to its hackers to attack more department computers. “During that situation the investigators disrupted the scheme because the conspirators were in the process of attacking more CCTV cameras approximately up to 179,616 other computers using the filched e-mails, e-mail passwords and banking credentials,” said the MPD chief technology officer and he added by providing information to prevent the act from affecting inauguration security and other security files of various departments.
Arrested in Romania, December 2017, the accused Cismaru and Isvanca, are still in the custody because of the case being pending due to extradition. Cismaru has fled from Romania before few weeks after her arrest says the Secret Service. She was later captured in the United Kingdom and was handed over to the U.S.
Cismaru, the accused has pleaded guilty to another case of conspiracy in the commit to wire fraud and committed computer fraud she also agreed to cooperate throughout the investigation. The case is scheduled to be sentenced during December this year.