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A hacker claims that a breach of the systems of an organization that helps Americans obtain the Russian visa.
The Russian Visa Center has five locations in the U.S., was allegedly cracked by a hacker, who spoke with The Daily Caller. He claimed that he obtained the information of approximately 3,000 individuals. The hacker, a 17-year-old known as Kapustkiy, told the news site, “I used [a] simple SQL-Injection to gain access to [their] site. I have indicated that the vulnerable [sic] already by the manager and CERT.”
CERT or US-CERT – is Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a organization that analyzes and responds to cyber threats on the night of the hack.
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The young hacker, who claims to be a part of the group, the so-called New World of Hackers, also told TheDC that he has no plans to leak the information to the public at large.
“I did it to let them understand the consequence of a databreach,” he said, “I have contact with them, to let them know what can happen when a Black Hat Hacker would hack them.”
Kapustkiy also shared with the info that he obtained with BuzzFeed and described himself as an ethical hacker who finds vulnerabilities in different websites.
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“I want administrators to ensure that the things better to understand, the result of a data breach,” he said in a Twitter direct message.
BuzzFeed News claims to have contacted numerous people on the list revealed by Kapustkiy. At least five confirmed that they had applied for Russian visa.
Run by an American company called Invisa Logistics, the Russian Visa Center helps Americans secure the necessary travel documents in Russia, including setting up appointments for applicants to meet with Russian consulate officials. A lawyer for the center, John Shoreman, told the news site that probably was the system that was targeted.
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“The security services say that the visa website itself was not hacked, but the calendar is quite possible that the subject of a hack,” he said. “ILS shares a calendar with appointments with the consulate office of the Russian embassy, and apparently that is where these 3,000 names came from, it came from a calendar of appointments.”
Shoreman also said that the centre – which has offices in Washington, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Houston – is in the process of contacting users affected by the data breach and they are advised to check their e-mail passwords. It is also in the process of the notification of the FBI and Homeland Security.
The Russian Visa Center has not yet responded to a request for comment on this story FoxNews.com.