By Prateek Sharma:A 23-year-old Russian national has been charged in the United States and added to the FBI’s Cyber Most Wanted List for his alleged role as the administrator of Marketplace A, a cybercrime forum that sold stolen login passwords, personal information, and credit card data.
Igor Dekhtyarchuk, who first surfaced on hacker forums in 2013 under the nickname “floraby,” has been charged with wire fraud, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft, all of which could result in up to 20 years in federal prison.
According to the FBI’s Wanted poster, Dekhtyarchuk previously attended Ural State University in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and was last seen in the city of Kamensk-Uralsky.
“Marketplace A specialised in the sale of unlawfully obtained access devices for compromised online payment platforms, retailers, and credit card accounts, including providing data associated with those accounts such as names, home addresses, login credentials, and payment card data for the victims, who are the actual owners of those accounts,” according to a statement from the US Justice Department.
Since its introduction in May 2018, the marketplace is said to have exchanged over 48,000 hacked email accounts and over 39,000 internet accounts, with the service averaging roughly 5,000 daily visitors.
Furthermore, the carding forum is said to have offered potential customers the option of purchasing a combination of online and credit card accounts belonging to the same victim at various price points, as well as renting a software programme that allowed its customers to use the stolen information to access the compromised accounts of an unnamed company.
Between March and July 2021, the FBI said it made up to 13 purchases of Dekhtyarchuk through a “online covert employee,” after which the credentials or login cookies were sent either via a link or the Telegram messaging service upon completion of the transaction, granting the investigators access to 131 different accounts.
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