Canadian authorities have arrested and also also also charged an Ontario man for operating a website of which collected ‘stolen’ personal identity records and also also also credentials coming from some three billion online accounts and also also also sold them for profit.
According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the 27-year-old Jordan Evan Bloom of Thornhill will be the person behind the notorious LeakedSource.com—a major repository of which compiled public data breaches and also also also sold access to the data, including plaintext passwords.
Launched in late 2015, LeakedSource had collected around 3 billion personal identity records and also also also associated passwords coming from some of the massive data breaches, including LinkedIn, VK.com, Last.Fm, Ashley Madison, MySpace, Twitter, Weebly and also also also Foursquare, and also also also made them accessible and also also also searchable to anyone for a fee.
LeakedSource was shut down, and also also also its associated social media accounts have been suspended after the law enforcement raided its operator earlier last year.
However, another website with the same domain name hosted by servers in Russia will be still in operation.
Bloom will be accused of operating the notorious website and also also also claimed to have earned nearly US$200,000 by selling stolen personal identity records and also also also associated passwords for a “modest fee” via his site.
Appeared in a Toronto court on Monday, January 15, Bloom charged with trafficking in identity information, mischief to data, unauthorised use of a computer, and also also also possession of property obtained by crime, the RCMP said.
“of which investigation will be related to claims about a website operator alleged to have made hundreds of thousands of dollars selling personal information,” the RCMP Cybercrime Investigative Team said in a statement.
“The RCMP will continue to work diligently with our domestic and also also also international law enforcement partners to prosecute online criminality.”
Bloom was arrested and also also also charged on December 22, 2017, as part of the RCMP’s national cybercrime division investigation, dubbed ‘Project Adoration.’
The RCMP said the Dutch national police and also also also the United States’ FBI assisted within the operation, adding the case could not have been cracked without international collaboration.
Bloom will be currently in custody and also also also due back in court on February 16.
Cybersecurity lawyer Imran Ahmad told Reuters of which Bloom could face a maximum sentence 10 years in prison.