A US national and an Italian national were sentenced to 18 months and 20 months, respectively, for their roles in operating an identity fraud service over the Darknet marketplaces AlphaBay Market and Dream Market. Both plead guilty to selling fraudulent New York state driver’s licenses, fraudulent identity information, full “identity packages” including social security numbers and birth certificates, credit card holograms, and ATM skimmers in exchange for cryptocurrency. The criminal group is estimated to have conducted between $250,000 and $400,000 worth of transactions on AlphaBay Market alone between May 2015 and October 2017. The investigation was conducted jointly by the FBI and the US Postal Service. Approximately $135,000 of proceeds were seized as part of the criminal justice proceedings.
Written by: Nataliia Zdrok, Threat Intelligence Analyst at Binary Defense Russia’s invasion of Ukraine increased