These hacking proposals appear in the Web and the existence of these criminal services is not new to the agents. In the Cybercrime Research Unit of the Judicial Police reports of attacks or access to personal accounts are received everyday.
Until May this year, the Office received 626 complaints of cybercrime. The 14% is related to people who attempted or violated emails or social networking accounts.
“ING” is a hacker recommended by users of open forums on the web and thank for his “professionalism.” He charges $ 180 for an email password. Payment is made after having achieved the goal. He ensures it takes five hours to get the information.
“Once the work is done I will send you a message directly from the mail of your victim as evidence that I have the password,” he says in an email sent to an alleged user that contacted ‘ING …’ to see how he operates.
In the mail it is also ensured that he operates in eight countries, including Ecuador. Besides offering email passwords, he also investigates cases of fraud, extortion, threats or identity theft, he can erase bank records and he even sells hacking programs.
The integral Penal Code punishes with up to five years in prison those who access, intervenes, discloses personal information, destroys or alters databases. The penalty is both for the one who comissions as fot that who makes the work. Therefore hackers operate anonymously or use nicknames. Investigators, who also work under anonymity, but with judicial orders, say it is difficult to track the suspects because they use false IP address.