Briton charged in US for allegedly operating dark e-commerce site

A British citizen has been charged in the US with allegedly operating a dark web trading site that was used to sell attack tools and stolen credentials.

A declaration of the United States Department of Justice said Daniel Kaye was charged with device fraud and money laundering. He allegedly operated a website known as The Real Deal.

“While living overseas, this defendant allegedly operated an illegal website that made hacking tools and login credentials available for purchase, including those of U.S. government agencies,” U.S. Attorney Ryan said. Buchanan.

“This case is a timely reminder, during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, that federal law enforcement will ensure that those accused of breaking U.S. laws will face their day in court, no matter what. be their place of residence in the world.”

Kaye, who grew up in Israel, is best known as the person behind a long-running distributed denial of service attack against an ISP in Liberia in October 2016.

The following year, he was behind similar attacks on Deutsche Telekom and two British banks. Bloomberg published a detailed report of its activities in 2019.

He was jailed for 32 months in various prisons across the UK for these attacks and released in 2020.

The DoJ indictment alleges that Kaye offered for sale on The Real Deal the login credentials for US government computers belonging to the US Postal Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the United States Navy.

It further alleges that Kaye, along with one or more individuals known as “thedarkoverlord”, tampered with stolen social security numbers and that Kaye had at least 15 stolen login credentials for Twitter and LinkedIn.

It also alleges that Kaye laundered the cryptocurrency he obtained from The Real Deal through, a website that offered Bitcoin “mixing” services and, through its “mixing” algorithm, sought to keep its users anonymous, private, and immune to the Bitcoin blockchain. tracing analysis.

Kaye, also known as Popopret, Bestbuy, TheRealDeal, Logger, David Cohen, Marc Chapon, UserL0ser, Spdrman, Dlinch Kravitz, Fora Ward and Ibrahim Sahil was brought before US Magistrate Judge Linda Walker.


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