Elías Ezequiel Nuñes Pinheiro (22) admitted to being the author of the hack
Elías Ezequiel Nuñes Pinheiro (22) admitted before the Court that he was in charge of hacking the former Buenos Aires Security Minister Marcelo D’Alessandro. In his story, as Infobae announced yesterday, he assured that the person who commissioned the job was contacted in August of last year through a Telegram user identified as “ElJuanxd” and that he was paid “between 12 and 15 thousand pesos” through cryptocurrencies. It was not the only assignment. “There were about fifteen approximately, I remember the one from Uriburu,” he replied, referring to Rodrigo Giménez Uriburu, a member of the oral court that sentenced Cristina Kirchner and other people in the Highway case. Although he could not identify the ideological author of the espionage maneuver, Nuñes Pinheiro gave many data and clues that are already being analyzed by investigators.
“For the month of August 2022, a user who identified himself as “ElJuanxd”, without a profile photo, contacted me by private message from Telegram, asked me if I was recovering my line, I answered yes and that’s when it began to happen to me. the telephone numbers for me to make the recovery”, began his story before the prosecutor Daniela Dupuy.
The hacking of D’Alessandro occurred on October 19, a month and a half after the attack on the Vice President. The Justice determined that the maneuver was carried out through the SIM Swap, which consists of taking control of a telephone line from another device, without the consent of its owner.
In this case, the young man used a white SIM card sold by the company Comtel SA, and interacted, via SMS, with the Movistar platform, which requested three pieces of information: the line number, the document number of the owner of that line, and the number of the DNI procedure.
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To obtain D’Alessandro’s personal data, Nuñes Pinheiro used a false Nosis profile in the name of “Nicanor Moreno Crotto”, a former official who worked alongside Marcos Peña. That profile was created on October 14, at 1:32 p.m., from his iPhone. It also obtained information from the database of the National Registry of Persons (RENAPER). In the investigation, the young man assured that this data was taken from a platform called “Dark PFA”, which he had reached some time before through another “friend” of Telegram.
Marcelo D’Alessandro resigned last week as Buenos Aires Minister of Security
Until now, the investigation had detected that Nuñes Pinheiro obtained the RENAPER data “through a user whose access credential is managed by an entity that identifies itself as MME corresponding to the National Cabinet Office.” What explanation did she give about that? “I consulted on the Dark PFA site about Marcelo D’Alessandro and from there they sent me the information regarding the named. So probably that MME user must be a profile that is already compromised and that is used to provide access through an API, which channels queries to the RENAPER platform”, he explained.
D’Alessandro was not the only victim of the hacker. The Justice determined until now that from the same IMEI, and from the town of Eldorado, they entered the lines of Fabio Alejandro Segurado, Luis Esteban Barbier, Diego Santilli and María Eugenia Piperio. The same Sim Swap technique would have been deployed against judges Rodrigo Giménez Uriburu, Andrés Basso (both members of the Oral Court that sentenced Vice President Cristina Kirchner in the Highway case), the judge of the Chamber of Cassation Gustavo Hornos, Cristina Vanesa Figueroa , Veronica Salido and Adriana Lazaro.
The file identifies 11 victims. But Nuñes Pinheiro said that he remembered about 15 people, although he did not give the names.
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In some cases, the enigmatic Telegram user provided all the personal data of the “targets” in order to answer the trivia. Otherwise, he had to access NOSIS and RENAPER. “Sometimes he would give me the phone number, name and surname, nosis and procedure number (of the DNI), but on other occasions they would only give me the phone number and name and in those cases I would consult Nosis and RENAPER,” said the young. And he added: “Sometimes I asked him for what purpose he was seeking to make these recoveries and he told me that it was to find out infidelities.” Clearly, the objective was very different.
Giménez Uriburu, one of the victims of the Eldorado hacker
The conversations were always through Telegram messages, although on occasion the mysterious “ElJuanxd” sent him voice recordings. Nuñes Pinheiro, who is defended by the lawyers Sebastián Noguera and Marcos Kapko, sensed that he was a person from the “northern zone” of the country because he used the term “gurises”.
Regarding the payments, the hacker explained that he charged between 12 and 15 thousand pesos for each objective. “This time it was the user who set the amount for me. I collected that money in a Lemon wallet that has an associated email account email@example.com, which on other occasions I also used to create some Nosis user, ”he explained.
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During the investigation, Nuñes Pinheiro provided emails and other information to support his statements. When asked about the mysterious client, he assured that the last time he interacted was in November of last year and that he no longer saves the messages that were sent. “On one occasion I offered him blank cards to send them to him, he told me that he was going to consult with his partner and this is related to the fact that on some occasions the way of writing changed, so I presume that more than one person used that user from Telegram”, he pointed out to try to please the prosecutor.
In the end, the 22-year-old tried to separate the other four defendants: his father Elías Nuñes Pinheiro, Julio César Escobar, Cecilia Mercado and Antonio Aquino. They all live in the town of Eldorado (Misiones) and were raided last week. The lawyer who represented them in Misiones, Claudio Beccaluva, immediately rejected the accusations and offered to collaborate. Although the prosecutor had requested that they be detained, Judge Araceli Martínez rejected that request and they arrived at the investigation free.
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