Hey there, FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We’re back with another edition of our weekly cybersecurity roundup where we deliver the most recent comings and goings of the cybersecurity world.
This week we’re coming to you with how authorities have seized the largest stolen login marketplace on the dark web, and how the “Face of Anonymous” has been deported from Mexico to face hacking charges in the US.
The Department of Justice (DoJ) recently announced that Slilpp, an infamous Dark Web marketplace where stolen credentials and identities are bought and sold, had been seized by authorities.
In a press release, the DoJ stated that Slilpp had been offering over 80 million user credentials, which had been harvested from roughly 1,400 service providers that had been victimized by hackers. Following the seizure of the Slilpp servers and domains, authorities have already arrested more than 12 individuals involved in its operation. Additional arrests and charges could well be coming as the FBI and its collaborators in Germany, the Netherlands, and Romania begin to try cases.
According to the DoJ, fraudulent activity tied to Slilpp is alleged to be directly connected to roughly $200 million in losses in the United States alone. However, the estimate only relates to the 1,400 service provides that have been recently confirmed. If the losses of other victims are taken into consideration, then the total global losses could easily be much higher.
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After being on the run from the law for nearly 10 years, media has begun reporting on the arrest of Christopher Doyon, known by some as Commander X, the “homeless hacker“, or even the “Face of Anonymous“.
For those that aren’t familiar, Anonymous is an infamous hacking group that have been held responsible for numerous online attacks – notably the takedown of PayPal in 2010, and more recently the takedown of the Atlanta Police Department website after the US police shooting of Raynard Brooks in early 2020; the defacement of the UN website in 2020 to add a webpage for Taiwan, which does not have a seat in the UN; and a May 2020 “warning” to the Minneapolis Police Department after the killing of George Floyd.
Christopher Doyon, who brazenly appeared in The Face of Anonymous documentary, had originally been charged with orchestrating a denial-of-service attack in 2011 against the municipality of Santa Cruz. According to reports, this denial-of-service attack had been acted on behalf of an acquaintance who “wanted revenge for a homeless friend of his living in Santa Cruz, who was found dead under a bridge.”
However, rather than face the charges, Doyon instead opted to first flee to Canada, and then to Mexico. Now, after nearly 10 years on the run, Doyon was arrested in Mexico City and has since been extradited to the US to face his charges.
You can read more about the situation here!
That’s all for this week’s roundup folks! We hope you’re staying safe with all that’s going on, especially when it comes to your cybersecurity!