(ANSA) – GENOA, 08 NOV – The desire to keep fit and the aversion to the vaccine, led her to search the net for a fake green pass to go to the gym but a Genoese model, after sending her documents and 150 euros, he had waited in vain for the certificate. It took a few days for her to realize that she had been scammed by a stranger who, threatening to report her, had blackmailed her, demanding more money. Despite the embarrassment, the woman decided to report everything to the Postal Police of Genoa. The trail followed by the men of the Financial Cybercrime section of the Polposta led to the identification of a house in Lazio and a student who, thanks to uncommon IT skills, had become the Italian referent of a group of Russian hackers specialized in the creation of fake green passes. During the investigation it emerged that the boy, who directly managed the Telegram channels on which the fake passes were offered for sale, communicated user data to the Russian hacker who provided instructions on how to proceed with the payment. In order to create a credible certificate, the criminal group asked for a copy of the identity documents which were then used to open online accounts, credit cards or accounts on e-commerce platforms or to carry out other crimes. The boy had managed to accumulate, in a few months, over 20 thousand euros that he had invested in cryptocurrencies, bot applications capable of multiplying Telegram members with fake users and latest generation electronic goods as well as beauty products and designer clothing. , all material seized during the search. The boy’s parents, unrelated to the facts, thought that the money earned by their son was the proceeds from the sale of upgrades for online games. The investigation, directed by the Deputy Prosecutor Federico Panichi and coordinated by the Postal Police of Rome, is the subject of in-depth analysis for any transnational developments.
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