Venezuelan detained in Spain suspected of leading international hacker group

Kelvin Security, whose first records on the network date back to 2013, has profited from the sale of all that information obtained illicitly by hackers, having attacked more than 300 organizations from more than 90 countries in the world in the last three years.

The National Police of Spain reported the arrest of a Venezuelan, allegedly leader of the financial apparatus of a group of hackers called Kelvin Security, an international gang that focuses on illicitly entering other people’s pages and databases to steal information, accused of attack high-level entities in more than 90 countries around the world.

During the arrest, a search of the detainee’s home was carried out, where numerous effects and technical supports were seized and are being analyzed by investigators. The detainee, meanwhile, was placed at the disposal of the head of the Court of Instruction number Seven of Alicante on guard duty, who has ordered his entry into prison.

The investigation into this criminal gang in Spain began two years ago, in December 2021, when agents became aware of advanced cyber attacks on the servers of the municipalities of Getafe, in Madrid, and Camas, in Seville. Later the same thing happened in the city council of La Haba, in Badajoz, and in the Government of Castilla – La Mancha.

Through clandestine forums, researchers were able to attribute the authorship of these attacks to Kelvin Security, as they sold information collected with the attacks on the dark weba sphere of the Internet that can only be accessed with specific tools, in which mainly illegal activities take place.

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Subsequently, the agents verified how the group of hackers took advantage of vulnerabilities in web pages, software and in information storage services of institutions and entities belonging to strategic sectors around the world to carry out massive extraction of sensitive information from internal data, clients, workers and users.

Kelvin Security, whose first records on the network date back to 2013, has profited from the sale of all this illicitly obtained information, having attacked more than 300 organizations in more than 90 countries around the world in the last three years. In addition to Spain, its objectives include countries such as the United States, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Chile and Japan.

The most recent attack was, in mid-November 2023, at the headquarters of an energy company. In this case they managed to leak a database with confidential information of more than 85,000 clients of the multinational.

*With information from The debate from Spain

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