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Three minors arrested for stealing private data of more than 1,000 draugiem.lv users

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian State Police Economic Crimes Prevention Department received information in February regarding potentially illegal actions with draugiem.lv social network users’ personal data. During the investigation, ENAP officers in cooperation with CERT.LV IT security risk prevention institution identified the individuals who had illegally acquired portal users’ virtual identities.

It was uncovered during the investigation that multiple fake websites were established and being maintained on multiple foreign resources. These websites were visually identical to the login page of draugiem.lv. Fake login pages also included the official draugiem.lv trademark, which mislead users about the authenticity of the resource even more, as reported by State Police.

Police concluded from information acquired during the investigation that users were sent information with an offer to make some money via the message system. Messages sent to users also included the links to the fake websites, promising good things. By clicking on links, users were brought to the aforementioned fake draugiem.lv login page.

By using the fake login page, users basically provided their access information to the criminals, who later used that information to access draugiem.lv users’ pages and advertise an internet gambling website through users’ pages.

Following acquisition of this information, police immediately carried out preventive measures and investigative actions in cooperation with draugiem.lv and colleagues from CERT.LV. As a result, police found out that the crime was committed by three 1999-born youngsters.

A criminal process was launched against those individuals for illegal data processing. Searches were carried out as well. Data storage devices were confiscated. Police are aware of more than 1,000 stolen virtual identities in Latvia. State Police continue the investigation in order to find out if there are other victims.

Draugiem Group representative Janis Palkavnieks emphasizes the importance of always making sure that the page a person inputs data on is the real draugiem.lv login page. «If you do fall into a trap, be sure to change your password and inform draugiem.lv administration of the situation,» – said Palkavnieks.

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