Or how Ukrainian Artem Vaulin (owner + creator of KAT) got caught.
I am taking quotes from this article from engadget, and commenting on them. While this news is interesting in itself, it also shows up many ways you can be outed, and arrested if you intend on doing shady activities. And while this isn't directly hacking, a lot can be learned, and re-used by hackers and cybersec folk alike.
The article opens up with
Step 1: Get noticed.
The first take away here is that he attracted attention from the wrong people, if you intend to do billions of dollars of 'theft', make sure they don't know about it, but if they're as big as Apple and Facebook, then there might an issue.
A few paragraphs down we get this:
The Fake Ad
Step 2: Use totally traceable payment systems, like real bank accounts.
Another huge mistake that was made, he used a real bank account, and that was linked to his real name. Nice work! Would Bitcoin have been that hard?
Another very important note:
Which brings me on nicely to...
Step 3: Re-use your email, don't use aliases, especially on Social Media.
Now we should all know, we shouldn't trust social media with our details, especially if that involves our private messages, our IP logs, and other personal infomation that will definitely get shared in the event of important people getting angry.
Step 4: Use services and host your activities in countries that care.
Countries like the US, UK and Australia tend to care about copyright infringement, especially when companies like Facebook and Apple are based there. Setting up a web host in Sweden, Ukrane, Bulgaria or any small non-US related country that have relaxed copyright laws.
Step 5: Don't use an alias, false details, or WHOIS privacy guard.
This was instrumental to the prosecution of Vaulin, without these details they couldn't use Step 6.
Step 6: Don't bother using a VPN, and pay for content.
Aha in all seriousness, the fact he paid for content wasn't the issue, the issue was that Apple and Facebook had access to his IP, because he didn't connect with protection , especially when you are a high profile individual like him.
So there you fellow 0x00'ers! I hope you enjoyed this busted-breakdown! Let me know what you think!