Breach, Threat Management, Data Security

Cybercrime blotter: IcyEagle sentenced gets four years for selling PII

What happened? Aaron Glende (aka IcyEagle) was sentenced to four years and two months in prison for selling stolen personally identifying information and login credentials on the dark website AlphaBay Market.

Background? Glende, of Winona, Minn., was sentenced in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division for access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. The court stated that from about November 2015 until May 2016 Glende advertised and sold the personal information on AlphaBay.

“A review of the website revealed that Glende, using the online nickname IcyEagle, had approximately 300 listings advertising login credentials or personally identifying information for sale, including bank account credentials.  For example, one listing by Glende described accounts for sale as ‘High Balance SunTrust Logins 30K-150K Available.'  Glende wrote in the sales listing: ‘I bring you freshly hacked Sun Trust Bank Account Logins,'” a court press release stated.

Glende was arrested in July 2016 and a subsequent search found he had more than 2,800 access devices, including 944 user names and passwords for bank accounts, 1,243 usernames and passwords for other electronic accounts, 123 Social Security numbers and 386 credit card numbers and 123 bank account numbers.

The Plea: Glende plead guilty to the charges September.

Key Comment: “In the process, he didn't care who he hurt, or the effects on the victims' lives.  The United States Attorney's Office recently established our Cybercrime Unit to identify, investigate and, ultimately, prosecute cybercrimes just like this one,” said U.S. Attorney John Horn.

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