EXCLUSIVE: Information On Americans Seeking Russian Visas Breached And Leaked

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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The Russian Visa Center, a contractor which helps Americans obtain Russian visas, was allegedly hacked, and the information of around 3000 individuals has been leaked to The Daily Caller by the hacker Kapustkiy.

The Russian Visa Center is part of Invisa Logistic Services and has five locations in the U.S. designed to assist people in getting a Russian visa. The list Kapustkiy leaked to TheDC Saturday contains names, phone numbers, emails, and dates of birth.

TheDC contacted someone on the list who confirmed that they recently obtained a Russian visa. An attorney for Russian Visa Center told BuzzFeed, “Certainly there are customers of ILS on that screenshot, I know that for a fact. The question is are they all customers of ILS or are they people that are either customers of the embassy or customers of other visa expeditors who also have access to the system.”

The attorney, John Shoreman, said it was likely the appointment scheduling system that was hacked.

Kapustkiy told TheDC he breached the service Friday and said, “I used an simple SQL Injection to get access to there site. I have reported the vulnerable already by the administrator and CERT.”

He said he has no plans to leak the information to the broader public. “I did it to let them understand the consequence of a databreach, I have contacted them about this, to let them know what could happen when a Black Hat Hacker would hack them,” Kapustkiy added. The hacker says he is part of a hacking group called New World Hackers.

Kapustkiy previously leaked information from the Russian consulate in the Netherlands to The Daily Caller.