The web security blogger who broke the news about the massive Target credit and debit card breach has identified a Ukrainian national who allegedly has been selling some of the stolen data on an online black market.
In an article published this week on his site KrebsOnSecurity, blogger Brian Krebs laid out all the facts he has managed to gather about the suspected hacker, whom he identified as Andrey ‘Andrew’ Hodirevski.
According to Krebs, Hodirevski, who goes by the user name ‘Helkern’ or ‘Hel,’ runs one of the premier underground ‘card shops’ on the web offering hacked credit cards numbers for sale.
Rescator.la reportedly has been doing brisk business unloading millions of credit card numbers that had been stolen from Target customers across the country from mid-November to mid-December.
Krebs also has managed to unearth a pair of photos allegedly portraying Hodirevski, including a selfie showing a dark-haired, clean-shaven man in his 20s.
Another image, which was originally posted on a Russian hacking forum by Hodirevki’s rivals, depicts a man identified as ‘Helkern’ emerging from a beat-up Range Rover painted with a Swastika, a star and the word ‘peace’ in Russian.
The blogger was careful to point out that there is no evidence to suggest that Hodirevksi was behind the cyberheist that pulled 40million credit and debit card accounts from Targets’ cash registers nationwide.
Instead, Hodirevski/Helkern is suspected of selling numbers on his shadowy portal, Rescator.la, for as much as $100 a pop.
Rescator is only one of several underground ‘card shops’ where the stolen data has been showing up, including Kaddafi.hk and cheapdumps.org.
Krebs revealed that a day before publishing his expose, he had a brief online chat with the elusive Mr Hodirevski, this time using the moniker kaddafi.me, who offered him $10,000 not to run the story.
‘I have no idea if Rescator/Helkern/Andrew was involved in hacking Target, but it’s a good bet that he at least knows who was,’ Krebs wrote.
As part of his extensive investigation, Mr Krebs scoured the darkest corners of the internet, as well some more mainstream social media sites, in search of information about the Ukrainian
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