The Section of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday that a Ukrainian hacker was extradited to the U.S. for allegedly selling computer passwords on the dim internet.
Glib Oleksandr Ivanov-Tolpintsev, 28, was extradited to the U.S. for fees associated to “conspiracy, trafficking in unauthorized entry products, and trafficking in computer passwords,” the DOJ mentioned, according to a release.
Ivanov-Tolpintsev was offered prior to U.S. Magistrate Decide Julie Sneed on Tuesday.
Ivanov-Tolpintsev was to start with taken into custody previous calendar year by authorities in Korczowa, Poland, before his extradition.
If convicted, he faces up to 17 a long time in federal jail. Sneed purchased the Ukrainian guy to continue being in jail pending his demo.
According to the DOJ, Ivanov-Tolpintsev and two other alleged conspirators operated a fake e-commerce storefront by which they marketed login credentials for pcs all around the planet. This information was then allegedly utilized to facilitate a multitude of crimes including tax fraud and ransomware attacks.
Prosecutors estimate that Ivanov-Tolpintsev commenced this procedure previously than or around May possibly 2016 in the Middle District of Florida and somewhere else. He carried out the thefts by building a “botnet,” a network of desktops that have been contaminated with malware with no the awareness of the system’s house owners.
“During the program of the conspiracy, Ivanov-Tolpintsev mentioned that his botnet was able of decrypting the login credentials of at minimum 2,000 desktops just about every week. Ivanov-Tolpintsev then bought these login qualifications on a dark internet web site that specialised in the buy and sale of obtain to compromised computer systems,” the DOJ claimed.
Cybersecurity assaults have been on the increase in modern decades, and in unique, through the pandemic. Cybersecurity organization Team-IB noted that ransomware attacks elevated by 150 percent in 2020.
Before this 12 months in June, Ukrainian authorities said they experienced uncovered a group of 6 hackers who engaged in ransomware assaults on pcs from South Korea to the U.S., with damages achieving $500 million.
The hackers reportedly attacked a few American institutions: Stanford College Medical University, the University of Maryland and the University of California.