Russian Operator of Cybercrime Marketplace Indicted in US
A Russian national has been indicted in the United States for allegedly operating a cybercrime marketplace where stolen credit card information and online banking account data was being traded.
According to the indictment, the individual, Igor Dekhtyarchuk, 23, of Russia, operated an illegal shop that had an average of roughly 5,000 daily visitors and sold access to over 48,000 compromised email accounts and more than 39,000 hacked online accounts.
Referred to as a “carding shop,” the portal specialized in trading access devices for hacked credit card accounts, online payment platforms, and retailers, and also offered names and addresses, login credentials, payment card information, and other data associated with those accounts.
According to the indictment, Dekhtyarchuk is a hacker who first appeared on underground forums in 2013, using the moniker “floraby.” In April 2018, he started advertising the sale of stolen account data and opened the carding shop in May 2018.
In addition to online and credit card accounts and other access devices for compromised accounts, miscreants accessing the illegal marketplace could also rent a piece of software that provided access to compromised accounts at a specific company.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which was involved in investigating Dekhtyarchuk and his carding shop, purchased 13 items from the marketplace, each containing data pertaining to up to 20 compromised online accounts, for a total of 131 accounts.
The FBI has added Dekhtyarchuk to its Cyber Most Wanted List. He faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.