Canadian authorities have put into custody a Canadian man for operating a website that collected stolen personal identity records from three billion accounts and subsequently sold them for profit.
According to the Royal Canadian Police, the 27 year old Jordan Evan Bloom of Thornhill is the individual behind LeakedSource.com—a known repository that compiled public data breaches and then sold access to said data.
Launched in 2015, LeakedSource.com had collected around three billion personal identity records and passwords from some of the better known data breaches, including LinkedIn, Ashley Madison, MySpace, VK.com, Last.Fm, Twitter, Weebly as well as Foursquare, and then made them searchable to anyone for a nominal fee.
LeakedSource was then closed down with its associated social media accounts that have been suspended after the law enforcement authorities raided its operator earlier in the previous year.
Another website with the same domain name however is now hosted by servers in Russia and is still operating.
Jordan Evan Bloom is accused of having earned nearly US$200,000 by selling stolen personal identity records and associated passwords for a “small fee” via his site.
Jordan Evan Bloom was arrested on December 22nd, 2017 as part of the Royal Canadian Police’s national cybercrime division investigation called ‘Project Adoration.’The RCMP said the Dutch national police and the United States’ FBI assisted in the operation, adding the case could not have been cracked without international collaboration.
Cybersecurity attorneys have estimated that Bloom could face a maximum sentence of ten years in jail.