The CRIMINAL marketplace, which sells millions of people’s stolen personal information for just 56p, has been shut down by an international crackdown.
undercover operation led by FBI and law enforcement agencies in 18 countries took the Genesis Market offline last night.
Users attempting to visit the site are now greeted with a page emblazoned with the research name Operation Cookie Monster.
One of the most important marketplaces in the world, this marketplace sold 80 million sets of credentials and impacted 2 million victims.
Details such as online banking, Facebook, Amazon, PayPal, and Netflix account information were put up for sale along with so-called digital fingerprints containing data from the victim’s device.
UK National Crime Agency (NCA) investigators conducted a series of raids on Tuesday and arrested 19 suspected users.
About 120 people were arrested and over 200 searches were conducted worldwide.
The NCA estimates that the site has hundreds of users in the UK and that tens of thousands of British victims were targeted.
Will Lyne, Responsible cyber intelligence NCA said:
“By facilitating initial access to victims, the Genesis Market is a huge enabler of online fraud and a variety of other criminal activities, and this is the business model for all nefarious activities. is an important part of
Marketplaces can be found on the Dark Web as well as on regular Internet search engines.
Users were given a step-by-step guide on how to purchase stolen information and how to use them. scam.
Prices started at 70 cents (56 pence) and went up to hundreds of dollars depending on the type of information available.
Rob Jones, director of the National Center for Economic Crime, said it was “very easy” for anyone to access the Genesis Market and commit crimes.
“This is our problem in the online world. You don’t need to know criminals to get started,” he said.
“So you can start completely on your own and go look for this and get everything you need to commit a crime.
“That’s why this is so harmful. You don’t have to go see anyone. You don’t even have to go into dark forums. You just go in there and pay for it, and it’s a tool to commit crimes.”
“And that’s why it’s so damaging, so easy.”
Companies as well as individuals sold their information on the Genesis Market, facilitating fraud. Ransomware attack – when hackers block access to your data and demand payment to release it. sim-swapping where mobile phone numbers are hijacked. Theft of source code from companies.
NCA investigators have already set up spoofed distributed denial of service sites, flooding servers with requests to bring them down, collecting details of criminals, and doing the same for fraudulent sites. May use tactics.
Mr Jones said:
“And it could be a site that partners and NCAs have access to, and we have their credentials.”
“If you’re a cybercriminal, you can’t know if we got your credentials or knocked on your door in the morning.”
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