Global cyber crime ring smashed after millions stolen
Feb 08 2018
Federal prosecutors have criminally charged 36 people for their alleged roles in a massive online fraud enterprise.
The alleged cyber criminal from Britain, who used aliases including "Aslike1", "Aslike", "Moneymafia" and "Shilonng", could face up to 20 years in a U.S. jail if he is extradited, the country's authorities say.
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.
Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Rybicki told a press briefing in Washington that Okeakpu had been arrested in the United Kingdom and faces racketeering conspiracy charges. The remaining suspects who were detained included eight alleged vendors, three alleged VIP members, and one alleged member.
Lower down were super moderators and moderators who served as subject-matter experts over specific topics or regions. Department of Justice officials have filed charges against 36 people allegedly involved with Infraud Organization (no really, that's the name), a global cybercrime ring with roots in the U.S. as well as numerous other countries.
Investigators believe the group's almost 11,000 members targeted more than 4.3 million credit cards, debit cards and bank accounts worldwide, Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Rybicki said.
The criminal group operated from an online forum, through which users could offer or buy illicit services, including malware capable of data breaches.
The Infraud Organization has been in operation since October 2010, according to the statement from the US Justice Department, when it was launched by a 34-year-old Ukrainian man Svyatoslav Bondarenko.
Prosecutors said 13 of the 36 people charged have been arrested in countries including the USA, the UK, Australia, France, Italy, Kosovo, and Serbia.
David Rybicki, deputy assistant attorney general of DoJ's Criminal Division said the forum coordinated a variety of criminal acts online including "identity theft, bank fraud, wire fraud, and computer crimes".
United States authorities have indicted 36 people for stealing more than $530 million from victims across the world in one of the "largest cyberfraud enterprises ever prosecuted".
"This case reflects the alarming and increasing threat posed by cybercrime", Mr Rybicki said.