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Crypto Cracked: 29-Year-Old Ukrainian Kingpin Busted for Cloud-Based Coin Caper


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In a move that will send shivers down the spines of cybercriminals and crypto enthusiasts alike, a 29-year-old Ukrainian national, dubbed the “cryptojacking kingpin,” has been apprehended by the National Police of Ukraine.

This January 2024 sting operation marks a significant victory in the ongoing battle against digital theft, particularly the insidious practice of cryptojacking.

Cloud Surfing for Crypto Riches:

The mastermind behind this elaborate scheme used his expertise to exploit vulnerabilities in cloud services, injecting malicious code that secretly hijacked the processing power of unsuspecting users’ computers. This stolen power was then used to mine cryptocurrency, primarily Bitcoin, lining the kingpin’s pockets with ill-gotten gains.

A Collaborative Takedown:

The capture of this cybercriminal wasn’t a solo act. It was a symphony of international cooperation, with the Ukrainian authorities receiving crucial intelligence from a cloud service provider and Europol. This collaborative effort highlights the importance of coordinated international efforts in the fight against cybercrime, proving that no criminal, no matter how skilled, can operate with impunity across borders.

Digging Deeper: The Scope of the Scheme:

While the exact amount of cryptocurrency pilfered remains undisclosed, reports indicate that the kingpin raked in over $2 million through his illicit activities. This staggering figure underscores the immense financial threat posed by cryptojacking, a crime that often flies under the radar but can cripple individuals and even disrupt critical infrastructure.

Justice Served, Lessons Learned:

The arrest of this cybercriminal sends a clear message: cybercrime will not be tolerated. It also serves as a stark reminder to individuals and organizations alike to remain vigilant in protecting their digital assets. Here are some key takeaways:

  • Be mindful of cloud security: When using cloud services, choose reputable providers with robust security measures in place.
  • Keep software updated: Regularly update your operating systems and applications to patch vulnerabilities that cybercriminals may exploit.
  • Invest in anti-malware solutions: Use a reputable antivirus or anti-malware program to protect your devices from malicious code.
  • Practice safe online habits: Be wary of suspicious links and emails, and avoid downloading software from untrusted sources.


The capture of the “cryptojacking kingpin” is a significant victory, but the fight against cybercrime is far from over. By remaining vigilant, taking proactive security measures, and cooperating across borders, we can create a safer digital space for everyone. Remember, in the digital frontier, awareness is your shield, and proactive defense your weapon. Let’s continue to build a world where innovation thrives, not cybercrime.

Ouaissou DEMBELE
Ouaissou DEMBELEhttps://cybercory.com
Ouaissou DEMBELE is an accomplished cybersecurity professional and the Editor-In-Chief of cybercory.com. He has over 10 years of experience in the field, with a particular focus on Ethical Hacking, Data Security & GRC. Currently, Ouaissou serves as the Co-founder & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Saintynet, a leading provider of IT solutions and services. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company's cybersecurity strategy, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, and identifying and mitigating potential threats, as well as helping the company customers for better & long term cybersecurity strategy. Prior to his work at Saintynet, Ouaissou held various positions in the IT industry, including as a consultant. He has also served as a speaker and trainer at industry conferences and events, sharing his expertise and insights with fellow professionals. Ouaissou holds a number of certifications in cybersecurity, including the Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security (CCNP Security) and the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), ITIL. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Ouaissou is a valuable member of the cybercory team and a trusted advisor to clients seeking to enhance their cybersecurity posture.


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