A Ukrainian man has been sentenced to four years in a US federal prison for selling on a dark-web marketplace stolen login credentials for more than 6,700 compromised servers.
Glib Oleksandr Ivanov-Tolpintsev, 28, was arrested by Polish authorities in Korczowa, Poland, on October 3, 2020, and extradited to America. He pleaded guilty on February 22, and was sentenced on Thursday in a Florida federal district court. The court also ordered Ivanov-Tolpintsev, of Chernivtsi, Ukraine, to forfeit his ill-gotten gains of $82,648 from the credential theft scheme.
The prosecution’s documents [PDF] detail an unnamed, dark-web marketplace on which usernames and passwords along with personal data, including more than 330,000 dates of birth and social security numbers belonging to US residents, were bought and sold illegally.
This marketplace traded details on more than 700,000 “compromised servers,” according to prosecutors, including at least 150,000 in the US and 8,000 in Florida. After criminals bought credentials for these systems, they used them for all sorts of illicit activities including tax fraud and ransomware attacks, according to the Feds.
“The victims spanned the globe and industries, including local, state, and federal government infrastructure, hospitals, 911 and emergency services, call centers, major metropolitan transit authorities, accounting and law firms, pension funds and universities,” according to the plea agreement. “No legitimate business was conducted on the Marketplace.”
While it’s only referred to as “the Marketplace,” the documents say that in late January 2019, US law enforcement agencies seized the online souk’s domain names and dismantled its infrastructure, effectively