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The FBI’s Most Wanted Lists A Russian Citizen that is Accused of Operating a Dark Web Market

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Jul 12, 2023
FBI lists Russian dark web operator

US authorities have charged a Russian individual with operating a dark web marketplace dedicated to the selling of stolen information and credentials. On March 22, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) announced the indictment of Igor “Floraby” Dekhtyarchuk, who was charged by a federal grand jury with running a criminal structure for the sale and trade of hundreds of thousands of stolen account credentials, hacking tools, and personally identifiable information (PII).

Dekhtyarchuk has been charged in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Prosecutors in the United States claim that “Marketplace A” provided access to over 50,000 email accounts and over 39,000 other internet accounts. The Department of Justice believes that the marketplace served 5,000 visitors each day.

A Public Forum

Dekhtyarchuk allegedly initially emerged on cybercriminal forums in 2013 and was advertising the site under the moniker “Floraby” by 2018. Many carding forums just sell stolen information in bulk, including account credentials and credit card details, either encrypted or not. 

Customers can still buy software, “[Company A] Auth 1.0,” on Marketplace A, which could be downloaded to access accounts at a victim firm using session cookies in a week-long renting model. “One option allowed Dekhtyarchuk’s clients to buy the data in order to unlawfully access two online retail accounts plus receive credit card information for the same victim,” the DoJ said. “Some options were broken down by known account balances, which were sold at different price points.”

Wanted by FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) acquired 13 access devices from the marketplace in 2021, which they received via web URLs and Telegram messages. A total of 131 accounts were given to the police. Dekhtyarckuk is now on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, and a federal warrant for his arrest has been issued. He was last seen in Kamensk-Uralsky, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia.

Dekhtyarckuk may face up to 20 years in jail if he is apprehended and convicted.

“The cybercriminal marketplace operated by Dekhtyarchuk promoted and facilitated the sale of compromised credentials, PII, and other sensitive financial information,” said Jim Smith, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Houston.