“Ronaldo is my favorite player, I think he is the most complete player in the history of football. However, his behavior off the field has to be judged differently”, declared Rui Pinto – hacker, for judicial authorities, whistleblower (whistleblower) to others, such as former MEP Ana Gomes – in an interview in February this year. With this outburst, Rui Pinto would end up denouncing his intentions when, according to what the judicial investigation has already found, he broke into the email boxes of the soccer star and his lawyers, and he was the source of the news about the case of the alleged breach in the USA and the millionaire tax evasion in Spain.
As a victim and as a witness, Cristiano Ronaldo was at the headquarters of the Judicial Police (PJ) in early June to be heard in the context of the investigation of Rui Pinto, detained since March on suspicion of crimes of attempted extortion, illegitimate access, violation of secrecy , offense to the legal person – these related only to the Doyen Sports Investment Fund.
The National Unit for Combating Cybercrime and Technological Crime (UNC3T) of the PJ, which has this investigation in hand, took advantage of the presence of the best player in the world in Portugal, on the occasion of the League of Nations tournament, and Ronaldo descended from Porto to Lisbon, being received with absolute discretion.
One of the documents that Rui Pinto will have accessed and later revealed through the Football Leaks platform was the agreement between Cristiano Ronaldo and Kathryn Mayorga, in which the American (who accuses the Portuguese player of rape) was obliged to keep be silent about the alleged events in Las Vegas, in exchange for almost 325 thousand euros. “O hacker tried to sell the information, and a media outlet irresponsibly ended up publishing some of the stolen documents, significant parts of which were altered and / or completely manufactured “, lamented one of Ronaldo ‘s lawyers.
Other documents related to the activity of the current Juventus player were also released by the German magazine The mirror, which is part of the EIC (European Investigative Collaborations) journalism consortium, which investigates Football Leak’s complaints. This is the case of the famous escape from the Spanish tax authorities, which forced Ronaldo to pay 18.8 million euros, in addition to being subject to a suspended sentence of two years in prison, before leaving Real Madrid for the Italian club.
Court rejects special complexity
According to what UNC3T has already been able to ascertain from the analysis of the material (hard drives, external drives and pen drives) apprehended Rui Pinto, in addition to Doyen, the hacker entered dozens of other e-mails, some of which at the highest level of the security and justice system. Public prosecutors, members of the Internal Administration, PSP, law firms, FIFA, FC Porto and the South American Football Confederation are some examples, in addition to the well-known Benfica and Sporting.
In addition to Cristiano Ronaldo, the DN learned from a judicial source, the PJ has been listening or will hear several other “offended” people, including those responsible for the Central Department of Investigation and Criminal Action (DCIAP), of the Department of Investigation and Action Penal (DIAP), from foreign and national law firms, such as the PLMJ company (defended Benfica in the e-Toupeira case), from the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Internal Affairs or from the PSP’s criminal investigation division – all attacked by hacker.
Patiently, computer experts have been able to break the codes and decrypt the files that Rui Pinto organized with all the information he copied from his victims’ computers. “Hundreds, if not thousands, of illegitimate access crimes are at stake,” stresses a source who is following the process.
The size of all the material already deciphered is such that the process is growing day by day, having even led the prosecutor of the MP, holder of the investigation, Patrícia Barão, to request the court of investigation for an extension of the deadline. investigation for another six months (until March 2020), by declaring the special complexity of the process.
However, I learned the DN, this Friday the judge’s decision was to deny this MP’s claim, thus forcing investigators to speed up the collection of evidence to support a charge that can thus go much further than the facts related to Doyen.
The MP maintained that “the success of the present investigation depends on the extension of the respective investigation period, since only in this way is it possible to fully clarify the facts, with the determination of the full dimension of the defendant Rui Pinto’s performance, which, demonstrably, has not restricted to Sporting and Doyen, nor to sports entities “. The prosecutor further argued that it was possible to determine that “the defendant was entitled to use software and offensive tools designed to exploit remote access to the victims’ system, which he believed could contain elements that he considered of interest “, namely” with the possible intention of using them for sale to the media or to carry out other extortion activities “, as was the attempt with Doyen.