Dark Overlord collaborator gets 3 years in prison for buying and selling stolen identities

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Jan 26, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

An associate of the Dark Overlord hacking group has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in possessing and selling more than 1,700 stolen identities on the dark web, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Slava Dmitriev, a 29-year-old Canadian citizen who was apprehended in Greece in September 2020, pleaded guilty in August 2021 to fraud charges. Prosecutors said he used the handle “GoldenAce” to buy and sell stolen identities on the dark web marketplace AlphaBay in 2016 and 2017.

Those deals sometimes included contact with the Dark Overlord, a notorious cyber-extortion crew.

“This defendant profited off buying and selling people’s stolen identities, including victims in this district,” said U.S. Attorney Kurt Erskine, referring to the Atlanta-based Northern District of Georgia, where Dmitriev was sentenced.

The stolen data included names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information, prosecutors said. Dmitriev was accused of providing the Dark Overlord with credentials in 2016 that the crew used to extort a New York dentist. That same year, he also received a spreadsheet from the crew containing 200,000 stolen identities, prosecutors said.

Dmitriev’s AlphaBay transactions, meanwhile, netted him about

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