The Central Bureau of Investigation of India (analogous to the American FBI) reported that a Russian hacker was arrested. He is accused of hacking the platform used to conduct the JEE-Main exam in 2021. This exam is conducted for admission to various engineering universities in the country.Let me remind you that we also wrote that Russian Hackers Planned to Disrupt Eurovision 2022, and also that Due of the sanctions, Russian hackers are looking for new ways to launder money.
Law enforcers report that the accused was detained by immigration control at Delhi International Airport when he arrived in India from Kazakhstan. Although the official press release did not give the Russian’s name, local media claimed his name was Mikhail Shargin.
According to Indian authorities, the defendant is linked to the September 2021 hack of the iLeon platform, which ran a standardized JEE test.
It is alleged that the platform was compromised in order to provide remote access to a certain group of people who ended up taking the exam on behalf of the students.
It is reported that such cheating on the exam was not cheap: each student was charged approximately $14,700–$18,400 to pass the JEE-Main.
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