The Brazilian Federal Police detained a person they believe to be a member of the Lapsus$ extortion gang. The suspect was detained following an investigation launched in December 2021 due to the Brazilian Ministry of Health breach. Operation Dark Cloud, which was started in August to gather data on the activity of a potential criminal gang thought to be responsible for several cyberattacks targeting Brazilian government agencies since the end of last year, triggered the investigation. The hackers deleted files during the incident and altered the Ministry of Health website to display a statement claiming responsibility for the attack and claiming to have stolen data from the ministry’s network. The group also attacked other Federal Government organizations in Brazil, such as the Ministry of Economy, the Comptroller General of the Union, and the Federal Highway Police. “The crimes determined in the police investigation are those of criminal organization, invasion of a computer device, interruption or disturbance of telegraphic, radiotelegraphic or telephone service, preventing or hindering its restoration. It was also found the practice of corruption of minors, a crime provided for in the Statute of Children and Adolescents, and money laundering, according to Law No. 9,613/1998,” stated the Brazilian Federal Police.
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