The hacker attack on JP
According to the U.S. prosecutors, Gery SHALON was the “founder” and “principal” of this vast and globally acting cybercrime enterprise. Gery SHALON is the son of Shota SHALELASHVILI, a member of the Georgian parliament (MP) and deputy of the Georgian Dream Party. Thus, he is politically connected with Eastern Europe. SHALON is certainly as ingenious as he is unscrupulous as organizer and strategist behind his cybercrime enterprise. The indictment is really worth reading and maybe even more entertaining than some fictitious thrillers. SHALON has engaged with his Russian hacker friends for his cybercrime enterprise which provides the political ingredient to this thriller. Together with his friends Ziv ORENSTEIN and Joshua Samuel AARON, SHARON has, according to the U.S. prosecutors, established a worldwide network of companies and bank accounts. Partly with forged identities.
For the movement of the illegally acquired funds, dedicated payment service providers (PSP) such as IDPay and Todur were established. These PSP’s were also made available to other criminal companies. According to the indictment, with the PSPs alone, SHALON’s cybercrime enterprise is said to have generated illicit profits amounting to over USD 18 million.