'In fraud we trust': 36 indicted in global $530mn cyber-crime gang
- Author: Darren Santiago Feb 08, 2018,
Feb 08, 2018, 6:12
He is one of 36 suspects from across the globe indicted over their roles within the group, which is said to have committed "large-scale acquisition, sale and dissemination" of stolen identities, debit and credit cards and other sensitive information. The group's crimes included an escrow service for illicit digital currency transactions, according to the indictment. Among them was Edgar Rojas aka "Edgar Andres Viloria Rojas", aka "Guapo", aka "Guapo1988", aka "Onlyshop", a 27-year-old from Australia.
According to United States authorities, the organisation allegedly directed traffic and potential purchasers to the automated vending sites of its members, which served as online conduits to traffic in stolen means of identification, stolen financial and banking information, malware, and other illicit goods.
Rojas became a member in 2011 and shortly after was promoted to VIP Member status by the organisation's Ukrainian founder, Svyatoslav Bondarenko, according to the indictment.
Administrators managed day-to-day operation of and strategic planning for the organisation, approved and monitored membership, and meted out punishments and rewards to members.
Super moderators on the site "oversaw and administered specific subject matter areas within their expertise", according to U.S. authorities.
Moderators moderated one or two specific sub-forums within their areas of subject-matter expertise.
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Those two played together and had a successful period together. "It is always hard to find the balance when you have so much of the ball".
The US just took down one of the larger online crime organizations in recent memory - certainly one of the largest prosecuted by the feds.
The indictment unsealed in Nevada marks the first time the Justice Department has arrested anyone in connection with Infraud, which Mr Rybecki called one of the largest worldwide cybercrime rings.
Infraud members "operated like a business to facilitate cyberfraud on a global scale", Cronan said.
"This case reflects the alarming and increasing threat posed by cybercrime", Mr Rybicki said.
Law enforcement has only arrested 13 of the members so far, five of which are from the United States and only one of which (Sergei Medvedev) is considered top brass.
In a statement released on February 7, the Justice Department said federal and global law enforcement authorities arrested 13 defendants from the United States and 23 from Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Kosovo, and Serbia.