Whether it is a school discipline issue or a crime, perpetrators usually end up caught because they like to brag about what they did.
Hackers are no different, and police found an attacker started bragging about his latest endeavor and they ended up busting him.
Police arrested a 25-year-old man who they said participated in a series of online attacks that targeted more than 60 government agency websites in Italy, including sites run by the Penitentiary Police, RAI – Radio Audizioni Italiane, the national public broadcasting company –as well as the local government of Tuscany.
He’s also been tied to network intrusions against eight National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) domains in the U.S., as well as a 2013 defacement of the NASA website’s home page.
Police said the suspect, a 25-year-old man from Salò, Italy, who they have not publicly named, ended up arrested after he shared information with others online. They also said after having been presented with evidence of his attacks, the suspect confessed.
“The hacker has been betrayed by having boasted about his hacking exploits on various social networks,” according to officials at Polizia di Stato, one of Italy’s national police forces.
The suspect not only boasted about his attacks, but also claimed to be a member of a hacking group calling itself the “Master Italian Hackers Team,” which police have tied to dozens of attacks.
The suspect was identified after a year-long investigation by the Polizia Postale – Italy’s postal police – via its CNAIPIC group, which since 2008 has served as the national anti-crime computer center for the protection of critical infrastructure. It regularly investigates cybercrime.
After identifying the suspect, police said they executed a search that resulted in the seizure of computing devices, which have tied the suspect to attacks against at least 60 Italian websites. In addition, rather than just being a member of the “Master Italian Hackers,” the suspect appears to have been one of its leaders, authorities say.