Ukrainian indicted for running brute-force botnet, selling hacked PC accounts

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The US Department of Justice announced today the extradition of a Ukrainian national from Poland on charges of selling access to compromised computer systems via a specialized marketplace on the dark web.

Glib Oleksandr Ivanov-Tolpintsev, 28, of Chernivtsi, Ukraine, stands accused of creating a botnet of compromised computers across the world.

According to court documents [PDF], for more than four years, the suspect operated this botnet in order to execute brute-force attacks that decrypted and guessed login credentials for computers across the world (believed to be RDP accounts).

US officials said that once Ivanov-Tolpintsev successfully validated the compromised credentials, they were put up for sale on 

All validated credentials were then sold on a dark web marketplace dedicated to the sale of compromised computer accounts. US officials said Ivanov-Tolpintsev sold the login credentials of at least 2,000 computers every week.

“Once sold on this website, credentials were used to facilitate

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