Researchers at the internet watchdog group Citizen Lab spent more than two years mapping out infrastructure used by the hackers. The report published on Tuesday states that BellTroX offered spying service to clients. The company’s founder, Sumit Gupta declined to disclose the details of clients that hired BellTroX’s services.
The operation included sending tends of thousands of malicious messages to trick victims into giving up their passwords. BellTroX sent these messages between 2013 and 2020. The data was supplied by online service providers was used by hackers. The data was used as a digital hit list showing who was targeted and when.
The list includes judges in South Africa, politicians in Mexico, lawyers in France. environmental groups in the United State, private equity giant KKR and short-seller Muddy Waters. BellTroX’s founder Sumit Gupta was charged in a hacking case in 2015. He was declared fugitive in 2017.
A simple Google search for hackers in Delhi throws over 100 results. There are dozens of ethical hacking institutes which offer training students to become ethical hackers. The skills learned during the course are often misused by the trained ethical hackers.
Most ethical hackers focus on chasing bug bounty programs. However, there is a vast majority of these hackers donning their white hats. The same skillset allows these hackers to perform illegal operations ranging from blackmails to phishing to hacking into devices or launching ransomware attacks.