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Feds Make New Arrest in Darkode Case

Feds Make New Arrest in Darkode Case (Incident Response, Learnings)

Another American was arrested and charged alongside three international suspects who remain at large, according to newly unsealed indictment. Almost four years since an FBI sting infiltrated and dismantled the infamous Darkode cybercrime forum, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has revealed a new arrest and more charges against four conspirators, including those against three international suspects that remain fugitives. The suspects are being charged with racketeering conspiracy for allegedly developing and distributing malware through the Darkode forum, a black market bazaar for peddling malware, stolen identities, botnets, and vulnerability information, that was the centerpiece of the Dark Web in its heyday. When the FBI shut down the invitation-only forum in 2015, Darkode had been extant for the better part of eight years, with anywhere between 250 to 300 active members participating. "Darkode was a criminal organization centered around an online, password-protected criminal forum where high-level international hackers and other cybercriminals convened," the DOJ said in a statement this week on the latest arrest.

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