The important cryptocurrency, Bitcoin (BTC) continues to be used actively for illegal activities. Anonymous hackers have used the data from more than 129 million Russian car owners to expose them on the Darknet in exchange for cryptocurrencies.
The leaked information includes the full names, addresses, passport numbers and other data of millions of Russian motorists, the Russian news agency RBC reported on May 15.
It is stated that stolen data from the Russian patrol register, General Administration of Traffic Safety of the Ministry of Interior of Russia. The authenticity of the data has been reported to be verified by an employee of a local car pool company.
The leaked data is being sold for cryptocurrencies, RBC said, citing an original report from local media Vedomosti. Such as, The full version of the database costs 0.3 BTC, which is approximately USD 2,900at the time of printing. Hackers also offered to buy some “exclusive” data for 1.5 BTC ($ 14,400), the report said.
Cryptocurrencies are increasingly used for illegal activities in the darknet markets. After chain analysis, a New York-based blockchain analytics company, The volume of cryptocurrency flows from darknet markets doubled in 2019 for the first time in four years.
Cybercriminals often sell stolen data on the Darknet for next to nothing or even pass it on for free. In mid-April 2020, hackers sold more than 500,000 accounts on the popular zoom video conferencing platform for less than a cent each.
In March, the cryptocurrency fund Trident Crypto Fund suffered a serious security breach that resulted in the theft of 266,000 usernames and passwords.