Guilty: The Romanian ransomware mastermind who infected Trump inauguration CCTV cams

A Romanian woman has admitted running a ransomware operation from infected Washington DC’s CCTV systems just days before President Trump was sworn into office in the US capital.

Eveline Cismaru, 28, pled guilty this week to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, after hacking into 123 of the 187 high-tech CCTV cameras dotted around the city. The hijacked devices, used by DC’s Metropolitan Police Department, then spammed up to 180,000 email addresses with ransomware-laden messages.

Police figured out something was wrong after checking CCTV systems ahead of the swearing in of America’s 45th president in January 2017. Each of their CCTV units consists of a camera attached to a Microsoft Windows-powered computer, and the cops noticed that these machines weren’t acting as they should. When they probed one device, they could it was running multiple unexpected applications, and had browser tabs open. ..Read More..

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