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Arrested for (not) spying on WhatsApp others: the Hackstorsion scam

Can you spy on a person’s WhatsApp account? The answer is yes, you can. There are methods that once worked such as being connected to the same WiFi network as the person who was interested in spying and capturing network traffic to read those chats, something that with the subsequent end-to-end encryption in the conversations that the application entered no longer could be used.

Now you can use ‘tricks’ such as backups, or take advantage if the person has left their WhatsApp Web session open. And they even exist Mobile spy apps for homework, Android and iOS, which are installed on the smartphone of the person you want to spy on. And that’s the key: Have access to the other person’s mobile, even for a few moments.

If we had the need to spy on someone’s WhatsApp without being able to access their mobile, could it be? You can try to hire the services of a hacker who advertises on the Dark Web, but they can also scam your money for it.

Spy on someone else’s WhatsApp

  • Spy on WhatsApp conversations in real time
  • Spy on social media profiles
  • Eliminate pending debts with the Tax Agency
  • Eliminate DGT fines
  • Change grades of exams, assignments and evaluations in University servers

This was the service record of a group of hackers who had advertisements all over the Internet offering them. And surely more than one would opt for one or the other service. In fact the total number of people who tried to hire one is 430. Why do we know the exact number? Because these are the victims of a new type of crime that the National Police has dubbed ‘Hackstorsion’.

Just like we read on your blog, the National Police has arrested a group of 10 scammers posing as hackers and who managed to deceive hundreds of victims who ‘bit’ in the more than 12,000 misleading advertisements -about activities that are already illegal. These ads were associated with:

  • More than 40 phone numbers
  • More than 200 email accounts
  • Almost 1,300 Internet connection IP addresses

The agents have practiced searches in Zaragoza, Barcelona, ​​Girona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in which 40 mobile phone terminals, 17 hard drives, 3 computers, 5 tablets and 24 pendrives have been intervened, in addition to recovering 176,775 euros of the money sent by the victims.

Hackstorsion

How does hackstorsion work? Once the victims hired these services, the detainees extorted them by threatening to reveal content from their private or intimate sphere. According to the police:

“The arrested captured customers Through the publication of advertisements offering computer hacker services and they demanded the payment in advance of the full agreed amount or, at least, a part. Under the pretext of fulfilling the entrusted task, the alleged hackers they requested sensitive data, either of the interested party, or of the subject who was intended to spy or violate their privacy.

After sending the agreed amount by the victims, contact was interrupted abruptly, not complying with what was agreed and not providing any reason. However, when the victim tried to spy on the social networks or messaging applications of another person, or in which the service that was contracted was of doubtful legality, the contacts continued. In these situations, the fake hacker wrote to those who had hired him, but now requesting new amounts of money under the threat of revealing the job they had been commissioned to do. To do this, they showed clients screenshots of the conversations held in which they requested said services and provided the information that was required of them.

Although the victims paid the required financial amounts, the detainees continued to demand new payments, until they understood that this situation had no end and they resigned themselves to assume the damage derived from the discovery of their intentions. Once the victim refused to make any more payments, the bogus hackers followed through on their threat and contacted the party they intended to spy on.

In addition, they informed them that they had information of their interest and they showed them some content so that they could see that it was true, and they also demanded the payment of an economic amount in exchange for knowing the complete information ”.

An extortion of 300 thousand euros

With a total of 10 detainees accused of committing crimes of fraud, extortion and discovery and disclosure of secrets, the amount of 176,775 euros that we have said before is the money that the Police have intervened from the victims. But the total profits that cybercriminals took has been 341,000 euros no less.

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