Cosmo, one of the members of the UGNazi hacktivist group, has been arrested in connection to the breach that affected the website of the client management and billing solutions WHMCS.
On May 21, UGNazi gained unauthorized access to the systems of WHMCS and leaked around 1.7 gigabytes of data. At the time, Matt Pugh, the founder and main developer of the website, alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
A few hours ago, other members of the collective found out that the FBI apprehended Cosmo. Many of our readers are probably aware of the fact that this is not the first time when the hacker shows up on the authorities’ radar, but this time it appears to be more serious.
“Last time was just questioning, but this time he’s actually being held. No other word from him,” one hacker told us.
“Well I’m sure he'll be out soon and back to work. He’s been arrested before so it’s nothing new to him. Basically WHMCS called in the feds and now it’s been 9 days into the investigation and they got one of us. But we left no tracks which is why I’m sure he will be out soon,” he added.
Also, he revealed that another member of the group, called Josh, hasn’t been online for the past couple of days.
Apparently, Cosmo was actually the one who social engineered Hostgator employees in order to get the access information to WHMCS systems.
In the meantime, law enforcement also seized the hacktivists’ website (ugnazi.com) and Cosmo’s Twitter account.
Ironically, one day before his arrest, Cosmo posted a picture with a message that read “Arrest one of us; two more appear. you can't arrest an idea.”
It will remain to be seen if he can get off the hook for a second time. However, the hackers seem to be determined to carry on their regular activities, a “huge release” being planned for the upcoming period.