Cyber ring takedown one of largest, US says

News by Teri Robinson

The US Justice Department indicted 36 people in a cyber-ring created by a Ukrainian national on identity theft trafficking charges.

The US Justice Department indicted 36 people in a cyber-ring created by a Ukrainian national on identity theft trafficking charges.

It was from the Infraud online forum that the ring, whose slogan is “In Fraud We Trust,” helped cyber-criminals buy and sell US Social Security numbers, passwords and other private information, and fleeced victims of more than US$ 530 million (£378 million).

Thirteen defendants were arrested in the US and elsewhere after a Las Vegas grand jury indictment was unsealed.  

“Today's indictment and arrests mark one of the largest cyber-fraud enterprise prosecutions ever undertaken by the Department of Justice,” Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan said in a release. “As alleged in the indictment, Infraud operated like a business to facilitate cyber-fraud on a global scale.”

He contended that “the losses they intended to cause amounted to more than US$ 2.2 billion (£1.6 billion).” 

The criminal organisation was created in October 2010 by 34-year-old Ukrainian Svyatoslav Bondarenko aka “Obnon,” aka “Rector,” aka “Helkern” and by March 2017 had 10,901 registered members.

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