This hacker has been in the hacking tools business since the age of 15.
Recently, a 24-year-old Australian hacker was arrested on charges of making and distributing hacking tools to thousands of cybercriminals globally. The special thing is that this hacker has been doing this illegal work since he was 15 years old and has earned more than 300,000 USD.
This hacker, named Jacob Wayne John Keen, created a remote access trojan (RAT) called Imminent Monitor. This tool is capable of stealing personal information including information entered into documents and tracking targets with webcams and microphones on their computers without being suspicious.
Jacob’s clients span over 128 countries, ranging from cybercriminals, domestic violence offenders and several other groups.
In 2017, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) received suspicious information from the FBI, Palo Alto Networks and launched a manhunt.
Jacob has been selling this hacking toolkit for $35 per person since he was 15 years old. Total proceeds from illicit transactions ranged from $300,000 to $400,000. It was not until 2019, when AFP opened an investigation and executed many search warrants about this trojan, that Jacob stopped trading. And recently, AFP issued an arrest warrant for Keen after gathering sufficient evidence.
As reported by AFP, Imminent Monitor has been used to monitor thousands of victims globally. AFP is currently expanding its investigation to arrest those who bought this type of rat.
The results of the analysis of evidence show that, during the 9 years of the crime, this hacker used most of the illicit money for personal purposes.
Earlier this month, Jacob received six charges and is due to appear in court around August. In addition, Jacob’s mother also has to plead guilty to trading and profiting from the sale of hacking tools due to suspected benefits. profit from his son’s illicit money.
(Refer to QTM)