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Fairness: Ransomware appears immediately

This Thursday, April 7, at 9 p.m., three magistrates of the Crime Chamber, nicknamed the 23rd Chamber of the Paris Judicial Court, take on a new challenge.

After stealing a phone, assaulting an ascender, and killing threats from antivaxers against deputies, here they are in charge of a ransomware attack – also known as ransomware.

Postponed the first time in January due to a busy hearing, and the second time a month later, the time for filing the defense motion, a full transcript of the detention, the case will be studied for three hours that evening by the magistrates.

Return of WannaCry

A few months earlier, in November 2021, a Paris-based financial software publisher was hit by a ransomware attack. A particularly amazing thing. WannaCry was used, outdated software to say the least.

This self-replicating malware appeared in May 2017. Similarly, the ransom demanded was anecdotal, barely $300 in bitcoin. An amount that cannot be collected, even if paid. The default crypto billing address has not been changed. This called into question the true motives of this attack.

Ultimately, investigators will find the suspect, a former employee of the company, issued by his IP address.

Judged by appearance

However, the judges of the 23rd Chamber did not hide their unwillingness to consider a cybercrime case with strong technical overtones. Because this file doesn’t quite meet the criteria for regular emergency visits.

This legal procedure, initiated by the prosecutor’s office, is going faster. This allows cases considered simple to be handled after the suspects are in police custody, such as cases of violence, theft, or even indecent assault.

With this unprecedented first, as far as we know, the Paris prosecutor’s office obviously had to speed up the judicial response to acts of cybercrime. However, there is a risk of losing judges who are not accustomed to cyber investigations.

70,000 euro fine

But the court result finally confirms this strategy. While the defense demanded release, the magistrates were convinced that the defendant was guilty due to the fact that since mid-October the family IP address was recorded several times in the service account, which became the source of a computer attack.

“The Court has been noted for your ability to deny evidence,” President Mabil added to the defendant after reviewing the debate this Thursday, May 12.

The accused, a young man in his early thirties, living with his parents in Seine-et-Marne and intending to appeal, was found guilty of computer hacking and extortion. He was given a six month suspended sentence. He will also have to pay the target company significant damages, in total about 70,000 euros. The company estimated the damage at almost 90,000 euros.

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