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International law enforcement operation disrupts cybercrime marketplace WT1SHOP

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Prolific cybercriminal marketplace WT1SHOP had its operations dismantled by an international law enforcement operation, which involved Portuguese authorities taking down its website and the U.S. seizing four of its domains, BleepingComputer reports. The U.S. was able to take down the wt1shop.net, wt1store.com, wt1store.net, and wt1store.cc domains in the operation performed by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office of the District of Maryland, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The FBI noted that millions of individuals had their stolen bank accounts, credit cards, login credentials, and government identification stolen through WT1SHOP. "Law enforcement's review of WT1SHOP in December 2021 showed that the number of users and sellers on the website had increased to approximately 106,273 users and 94 sellers with a total of approximately 5.85 million credentials available for sale," said the Justice Department. Moldovan Nicolai Colesnicov has been suspected by law enforcement to be WT1SHOP's operator and administrator based on the cybercrime market's bitcoin payments, admin accounts, and email addresses. Charges of conspiracy and unauthorized device trafficking have been filed against Colesnicov, who could be imprisoned for up to 10 years.

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