Canadian Man Charged With Fraud and Ransomware Attacks

31-year-old Matthew Philbert was arrested on the 30th of November. 

A Rare Case for Canada

The Canadian citizen was accused of fraud and coordinating cyberattacks against individuals, businesses, and government agencies.

Philbert used advanced hacking techniques to draw money from victims – not only via malware but also via identity theft.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said it caught the criminal after a 23-month investigation. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the US FBI, and Europol also took part.

OPP Detective Inspector Matt Watson said the hacker was “a prolific offender with victims all over Canada and the United States – well in excess of 1,000.”

He, however, refused to disclose the targets of the attacks. The decision aims to avoid compromising court proceedings.

Authorities in America are also charging Philbert in a parallel case. The US police described him as a “well-known, if mid-level, cybercriminal residing in Canada.”

The case against the Ottawa-based hacker is a relatively rare one for the country – it’s the second one this year. So, it could set criminal-law precedents if proven in court, according to the police. In January, the police charged another Canadian citizen for carrying out ransomware attacks. He was supposedly linked to the Netwalker gang.

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