Alex Holden, a computer researcher and tracker of Ukrainian-born hackers living in the United States, is said to have sabotaged the Russian black market. This patriot managed to steal a significant amount of Dark Web cryptography from the Solaris platform. However, he donated those bitcoins to a charity helping his war-torn country.
Dirty bitcoins stolen in favor of Ukrainians
Espionage expert Alex Holden has led computer security firm Hold Security since 2013. According to our colleagues at Forbes, this Ukrainian patriot and his team managed to hack into much of the network that runs Solaris. One of the largest Russian sites for the sale of drugs.
Thus, they managed to steal $25,000 in bitcoins. Later, they transferred these funds to the Kyiv-based charitable organization Enjoying Life. According to Alex, the dirty money they stole will help create a Russian mafia cartel that is under US sanctions.
In fact, Alex Holden left Kyiv, his hometown, in the 80s and currently resides in Mequon, Wisconsin in the United States of America. There he runs Hold Security, a company that also helped him get bitcoins from dealers on Solaris.
Ukrainian also snatches important information from Solaris
Alex Holden not only stole bitcoins from this black market, but also obtained the necessary information that could help him get his hands on all the illegal business.
According to Forbes, they were able to “take control of much of Solaris’ internet infrastructure, a number of illegal administrator accounts, the website’s source code, and its user database. As well as points for dispensing medicines.
In addition, Alex and his team gained access to a market-leading wallet used by buyers and resellers. In an interview with Forbes, he reports that this wallet was like an exchange. It contained only 3 bitcoins.
However, the hacker hunter managed to get his hands on 1.6 BTC or $25,000.
The Solaris hack paves the way for Alex and his team to a larger network that the computer scientist says serves Moscow’s interests. He suspects Solaris of involvement in the Killnet hacker group, which claimed responsibility for several cyber attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure and services.
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