Glib Oleksandr Ivanov-Tolpintsev, a 28-year-old Ukrainian national, has been sentenced to four years in prison for selling access to comprised servers on the dark web. The man was arrested in Poland in October 2020 and pleaded guilty to his charges in February. In September, he was extradited to the U.S. in September 2021. Ivanov-Tolpintsev was charged with conspiracy, trafficking in unauthorized access devices, and trafficking in computer passwords.
The man controlled a botnet to conduct brute-force attacks and guess computer login credentials. He was able to gather login credentials of at least 2,000 computers every week, then they were offered for sale on the dark web to facilitate a wide range of illegal activity.
The man was offering over 700,000 compromised servers for sale on an unnamed marketplace.
“According to court documents, the “Marketplace” was a dark web website that illegally sold login credentials (usernames and passwords) to servers located across the world and personally identifiable information (dates of birth and Social Security numbers) of U.S. residents. Once purchased, criminals used these servers to facilitate a wide range of illegal activity that included ransomware attacks and tax fraud. In total, the Marketplace offered more than 700,000 compromised servers for sale including at least 150,000 in the United States and at least 8,000 in Florida.” reads the press release published by the DoJ. “Marketplace victims spanned the globe and industries, including local, state, and federal government infrastructure, hospitals, 911 and emergency services, call centers, major metropolitan transit authorities, accounting and law firms, pension funds, and universities.”
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