Ukrainian extradited to US for allegedly selling pc qualifications: DOJ

The Division of Justice (DOJ) introduced Wednesday that a Ukrainian hacker was extradited to the U.S. for allegedly selling computer passwords on the dim web.

Glib Oleksandr Ivanov-Tolpintsev, 28, was extradited to the U.S. for costs similar to “conspiracy, trafficking in unauthorized accessibility units, and trafficking in laptop passwords,” the DOJ explained, according to a release.

Ivanov-Tolpintsev was introduced prior to U.S. Magistrate Choose Julie Sneed on Tuesday.

Ivanov-Tolpintsev was first taken into custody final 12 months by authorities in Korczowa, Poland, before his extradition. 

If convicted, he faces up to 17 yrs in federal prison. Sneed purchased the Ukrainian man to keep on being in prison pending his demo.

In accordance to the DOJ, Ivanov-Tolpintsev and two other alleged conspirators operated a false e-commerce storefront by which they bought login qualifications for desktops all around the environment. This information and facts was then allegedly employed to aid a multitude of crimes together with tax fraud and ransomware assaults.

Prosecutors estimate that Ivanov-Tolpintsev commenced this procedure before than or about May well 2016 in the Middle District of Florida and somewhere else. He carried out the thefts by building a “botnet,” a network of pcs that have been infected with malware with out the information of the system’s homeowners.

“During the course of the conspiracy, Ivanov-Tolpintsev said that his botnet was capable of decrypting the login credentials of at minimum 2,000 computers each 7 days. Ivanov-Tolpintsev then sold these login qualifications on a darkish net website that specialised in the order and sale of obtain to compromised personal computers,” the DOJ said.

Cybersecurity assaults have been on the increase in latest many years, and in distinct, for the duration of the pandemic. Cybersecurity business Group-IB reported that ransomware attacks improved by 150 percent in 2020.

Previously this year in June, Ukrainian authorities mentioned they experienced uncovered a group of six hackers who engaged in ransomware assaults on computer systems from South Korea to the U.S., with damages reaching $500 million.

The hackers reportedly attacked three American institutions: Stanford University Medical Faculty, the College of Maryland and the College of California.