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The Takedown of Genesis Market

Updated: Apr 17, 2023

Genesis Market (a popular online cybercriminal shop) was seized last week by the FBI and 18 other international law enforcement agencies.

The marketplace, one of the most significant of its kind in the world, was offering personal information for sale related to online banking, Facebook, Amazon, PayPal and Netflix account information alongside so-called digital fingerprints containing data from the victims’ devices.

The site could be found using normal internet search engines, as well as on the dark web, and users were offered step-by-step guides on how to buy stolen details and how to use them for fraud. Prices started from 70 US cents (56p) and went up to several hundred dollars, depending on the type of information available.

The criminal marketplace, which has been linked to millions of cyber incidents across the world, was a combined operation involving multiple countries. 119 people were arrested, 208 properties were searched, and a reported 97 “knock and talk measures” took place.

US Department of Justice (DoJ) press release discloses that since its inception in March 2018, Genesis Market has offered access to data stolen from over 1.5 million compromised computers around the world containing over 80 million account access credentials. The combination of stolen access credentials, fingerprints, and cookies allowed purchasers to assume the identity of the victim by tricking third party websites into thinking the Genesis Market user was the actual owner of the account.

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