The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reports that he detained a Ukrainian citizen accused of maritime piracy, making him the first citizen to be charged with being a modern-day hacker. The anonymous male suspect was captured by the SBU after returning to Ukraine and attempting to hide his identity.
The strange story begins when the man is assigned to a security guard post on a ship sailing in the Indian Ocean. He was employed by an international security company which had contracted with the shipowner to ensure safety while navigating the dangerous regions of the globe.
However, instead of performing his duties as a security guard, Ukrainian authorities said he took a gun from his employer’s office on board the ship and seized the ship. He held the captain of the unnamed vessel at gunpoint and demanded $ 500,000. He ordered the crew to change course.
Negotiations ensued over the next four days before representatives of the shipping company managed to persuade the individual to surrender his weapon. They allegedly paid the individual $ 6,000 to free the captain and allow the ship to continue on its way.
Technology found on suspect during raid with large amount of US currency (SBU photos)
The story, however, does not end there. Unsatisfied with the solution, the individual then seized additional weapons from the ship’s office and threatened to throw the security company’s property overboard unless he received $ 100,000. The company reportedly refused to pay and the man began to throw objects overboard before being overpowered by the crew.
Apparently, according to SBU reports, the man was not detained as the events occurred in international waters and after leaving the ship he returned to Ukraine. Security forces said that after arriving in his homeland, he changed his passports and place of residence using a pseudonym and false papers.
The SBU apprehended the man in the Ukrainian port of Mykolaiv on the Black Sea during a “special operation”. Police have exposed some of the technology and money found in the raid. He has been taken into police custody and is on trial for using violence, theft or other hostile actions against the crew of a seagoing vessel. Investigation is being carried out by collaborative SBU investigators with the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.