On March 16, 2022, a federal grand jury tried Igor Dekhtyarchuk, a citizen of the Russian Federation (Russia), charged with running a cybercriminal marketplace that sold thousands of stolen login credentials, personally identifiable information and authentication tools. .
Dekhtyarchuk ran Marketplace A, which allegedly sold the credentials of over 48,000 hacked email accounts, 39,000 internet accounts and had an average of 5,000 visitors per day.
Marketplace A specializes in the sale of illegally obtained access devices for online payment platforms, retailers and compromised credit cards, and also provides data associated with these accounts, such as the names, names and addresses of users, account identifiers and credit card data. This operation is known as the “carding shop”.
Dekhtyarchuk first appeared on hacker forums in November 2013 under the alias “floraby”. In April 2018, he started advertising selling account data in Russian hacker forums. Within two months, he opened Marketplace A and started advertising his marketplace.
However, Marketplace A had a completely different approach for its buyers. The website works just like a legitimate store would.
A person visiting the website to purchase credentials may also purchase credit card accounts from that victim. Sometimes customers can also buy information related to victim’s retail accounts and other financial data.
Another thing to highlight was the additional seven-day rental plan that Dekhtyarchuk provided to its customers.
It provided downloadable software that customers can use to enter purchased credentials with the cookie provided with the purchase. This helps customers easily access a company’s account.
During the period of March 2021 and July 2021, the FBI conducted a covert operation to hunt down cybercriminals. The FBI worked with an Online Secret Employee (OCE) to track their location.
At the time of this secret operation, they bought almost 131 accounts from the market. After each purchase, access was provided through a link or Telegram channels.
However, Finally, the hackers have been brought to justice.
The FBI said:This case illustrates the need for all of us, at this time, to take steps to protect our online identity, personal data and monetary accounts,” said U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston. “Cybercriminals hide behind the glow of computer screens and harm Americans. These investigations require dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to stop thieves who unknowingly steal from innocent people. To those who dedicate their lives to stopping cybercriminals, we thank you.”
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