Russian Extradited to the US for Selling Stolen Information

~1 min read | Published on 2023-02-24, tagged Fraud using 250 words.

Authorities in the Republic of Georgia extradited a Russian citizen accused of developing malware, using it to steal login credentials, and selling them on the dark web.

According to a press release by the US Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida, Dariy Pankov, 28, of Russia developed a malicious software named “NLBrute.” NLBrute used brute force attacks to obtain the login credentials of compromised computers. Pankov allegedly made over $350,000 from the sale of NLBrute and credentials he stole using the software.
According to the indictment, Pankov developed NLBrute in 2016. He sold the malware to other cybercriminals through online fraud forums. He also used it himself and was able to gain access to tens of thousands of computers worldwide.
Pankov sold the stolen login credentials to fraudsters through an undisclosed dark web marketplace under the moniker “dpxaker.” He is accused of selling the login credentials of more than 35,000 compromised computers through the marketplace.
A grand jury in Tampa, Florida, filed an indictment against Pankov in November 2019. The seven-count indictment charged the defendant with one count of conspiracy, four counts of access device fraud, and two counts of computer fraud.
Georgian authorities arrested Pankov on October 4, 2022, and extradited him to the US. The defendant appeared before United States Magistrate Christopher P. Tuite on February 21, 2023. The magistrate placed Pankov in pre-trial detention.
Pankov faces a maximum sentence of 47 years in federal prison if convicted of all the counts. A conviction would also force him to forfeit $358,437.