Portugal starts to judge hacker who has caused damage of millions of euros to private and public institutions in the country
Portuguese hacker accused of 90 crimes invaded football federation systems, investment fund and even PGRNOTÍCIAS
On October 1, Portugal’s Justice Tribunal held a hearing for the trial of hacker Rui Pinto, who was arrested in Budapest and is accused of breaking into the systems of a number of public and private institutions in the country.
According to the Lusitanian portal Sapo Tek, Rui Pinto, who is accused Bitcoin Future of 90 crimes in what is known as Football Leaks, had obtained digital certificates giving him access to the systems of the Portuguese Football Federation, a law firm, Sporting – one of the country’s biggest clubs -, an investment fund and even the Portuguese Attorney General’s Office.
The hacker had his devices seized in Budapest. In them, the investigators found no less than 488 e-mail boxes configured, but apparently there are no signs of movement of valuables with cryptomoeda, one of the most widely used methods by cyber-criminals.
However, at the hearing, José Amador, the inspector of the cybercrime unit, said that it is not clear what the accused’s source of income was, and that there is no evidence that he was taking economic advantage of the invasions.
The hacker would have agreed to cooperate with the Portuguese authorities, on condition that he did not produce evidence against him in the case. It is not clear, however, what kind of agreement was made between the parties.
Rui Pinto is accused of 90 crimes, 68 of them for „undue access“, 14 for „mail rape“ and 6 for „illegal access“ and also for the crimes of computer sabotage and extortion.