NiceHash Mining Power Provider’s Co-founder Arrested For A Million Dollar Theft
Co-founder of NiceHash which is a Slovenian cryptocurrency hash power broker – Matjaz Skorjanc was reportedly arrested in Germany on the US charges of a million-dollar theft.
The US officials were already in search for Matjaz Skorjanc for running a cybercrime forum Darkode for almost 5 years taking us back to 2013 and for creating the biggest botnet – Mariposa. The Mariposa botnet was discovered in December 2008 and was said to be involved in cyber scamming. It consisted of up to 12 million unique IP addresses or you can say up to 1 million character zombie computer systems which were inflamed making it the biggest known botnets.
A Slovenian news site, 24UR.com states that the U.S. at first released a global warrant for his arrest dating us way back in 2011. Skorjanc may face up to fifty years in jail if condemned, under the US laws. His arrest comes about 5 months after Spanish police bust up the huge cyber scam, arresting 3 of the alleged ringleaders who operated the Mariposa botnet that stole credit cards and on-line banking credentials.
According to Brian Kerbs, the darkode was one of the significant threats to the data in our computers which the US Department of Justice with 20 other countries had dismantled it back in 2015. A cryptocurrency mining marketplace, NiceHash permits users to hire out their hardware power to mine cryptocurrencies like bitcoin which was hacked in 2017. Marko Koleb, the co-founder of the company states
‘“incredibly coordinated and highly sophisticated attack.”
Cryptocurrency mining marketplace NiceHash hack resulted in the loss of over 4,700 BTC, a quantity value over $78 million at press-time costs.
24UR.com reports that Skorjanc has been through five years in a jail in Slovenia for his participation in inflicting mariposa on the planet. The botnet had infected nearly one million computers at the time, gathering personal information and inflicting a calculable $4 million in damages.