Hacker Arrested After Bragging Online

Tyler Cross
Tyler Cross Senior Writer
Tyler Cross Tyler Cross Senior Writer

The Spanish Police arrested José Luis Huertas after an investigation found the obvious tracks he left along the internet. The hacker is infamous for breaching a database owned by Punto Neutro of the General Council of the Judiciary.

He was caught and placed on probatio-n. While being held on probation, José supposedly breached a company in Granada, which prompted his arrest.

The 19-year-old man used several online monikers, including Alcasec, Mango, and Chimichurri, and made very few attempts to cover his tracks. When he was 14 years old, he began bragging about his various hacks online, and since then has continued to do it through his various aliases.

“Alcasec” claimed that he had no agenda going in and simply wanted to prove that he had the skills to hack into things after watching publicly available YouTube tutorial videos. He’s also attempting to present himself as a modern-day Robin Hood-like figure.

However, investigators found that most of the information he stole from people wound up on the black market for sale. Police have reported that his only goal was to make money.

Investigators also found that he had collected personal data on over 90% of Spanish people and posed a serious threat to the safety of many citizens. He was denied bail by the Magistrate after his arrest, as Judge José Luis Calama considered him too dangerous to be free and a flight risk

“He has significant amounts of cryptocurrencies that would allow him to have sufficient liquidity to reside anywhere in the world, avoiding the action of Spanish justice; or destroy evidence; or that he continues to commit more crimes,” he said.

José Luis Huertas is currently residing in provisional prison and awaiting charges. Since he’s now an adult, if he’s convicted, charges can be much more serious.

About the Author
Tyler Cross
Tyler Cross
Senior Writer

About the Author

Tyler is a writer at SafetyDetectives with a passion for researching all things tech and cybersecurity. Prior to joining the SafetyDetectives team, he worked with cybersecurity products hands-on for more than five years, including password managers, antiviruses, and VPNs and learned everything about their use cases and function. When he isn't working as a "SafetyDetective", he enjoys studying history, researching investment opportunities, writing novels, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends."