The Ukrainian Secret Service (SSU) arrested hacker known as Sanix, who has been responsible for selling billions of hacked credentials on hacking forums and various forms of channels.
The SSU states it arrested Sanix in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Sanix has a track record on hacking forums, he was first spotted operating back in 2018.
Sanix was a data broker. A data broker would collect data from hacked companies and assemble the information in a file of usernames and passwords.
Sanix would sell the data to other hackers on the hacker forums, such as spam groups, password crackers, account hijackers, and managers of brute-force botnets.
Sanix, who also was known as Sanixer on Telegram, is responsible for initially assembling a series of user and password referred to as Collection #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, Antipublic, and others. These massive files would be worth up to terabytes of data.
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In January 2019, Azatej/Sanix leaks attracted a large amount of media attention and showed the world the concept of "combolists"
Even so much that Collection #1 has it's own page on Wiki.
Azatej, who leaked Collection #1, then later on other collections was also arrested earlier this year in Poland. Due to a Europol operation against Infinity Black web.
SSU officials reported that Sanix's computer-stored information about PIN codes for bank cards, cryptocurrency wallets, PayPal account logins, and DDoS botnets.
SSU officers were able to seize 2 TB of data, $3,000, and 190,000 Ukrainian hryvnias (~$7,000 USD) from Sanix's residence.
Having a feud with someone else that made the leaks possible to get caught. In my opinion, is kinda funny. Sometimes we should think before we act out of anger.
Given they were a bunch of unethical hackers stealing data and other information but letting greed take over cost both of them their freedom. There is even a video of Sanjx arrest and how they raided the house.
I do appreciate how the SSU did not release Sanjx's name and kept it as his alias. There some respect there.