More from the FBI press release - https://www.fbi.gov/pittsburgh/press-releases/2015/major-computer-hacking-forum-dismantled
"Operation Shrouded Horizon
And today, the Department of Justice and the FBI—with the assistance of our partners in 19 countries around the world—announced the results of Operation Shrouded Horizon, a multi-agency investigation into the Darkode forum. Among those results were charges, arrests, and searches involving 70 Darkode members and associates around the world; U.S. indictments against 12 individuals associated with the forum, including its administrator; the serving of several search warrants in the U.S.; and the Bureau’s seizure of Darkode’s domain and servers.
The following defendants face charges in the US:Johan Anders Gudmunds
, aka Mafi aka Crim aka Synthet!c, 27, of Sollebrunn, Sweden, as the administrator of Darkode, and creating and selling malware to create botnets. Morgan C. Culbertson
, aka Android, 20, of Pittsburgh, designing Dendroid which steals data from Android cellphones.Eric L. Crocker
, aka Phastman, 39, of Binghamton, New York who created Facebook Spreader, turning victim machines into spam bots. Naveed Ahmed
, aka Nav aka semaph0re, 27, of Tampa, Florida andPhillip R. Fleitz
, aka Strife, 31, of Indianapolis; and Dewayne Watts
, aka m3t4lh34d aka metal, 28, of Hernando, Florida maintained a spam botnet that utilized bulletproof servers in China.(See unmasking of m3t4lh34d at http://www.heatware.com/eval.php?id=76400 ) Murtaza Saifuddin
, aka rzor, 29, of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan - identity theft, dealing in credit card numbers sales.Daniel Placek
, aka Nocen aka Loki aka Juggernaut aka M1rr0r, 27, of Glendale, Wisconsin - creating the Darkode forum, and selling malware. Matjaz Skorjanc
, aka iserdo aka serdo, 28, of Maribor, Slovenia, andFlorencio Carro Ruiz
, aka NeTK aka Netkairo, 36, of Vizcaya, Spain, and Mentor Leniqi
, aka Iceman, 34, of Gurisnica, Slovenia, - racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud and bank fraud, device fraud and extortion.
Skorjanc also is accused of conspiring to organize the Darkode forum and of selling malware known as the ButterFly bot.Rory Stephen Guidry
, aka k@
exploit.im, of Opelousas, Louisiana - selling botnets on Darkode.
In a related case, Aleksandr Andreevich Panin
, aka Gribodemon, 26, of Tver, Russia;
and Hamza Bendelladj
, aka Bx1, 27, of Tizi Ouzou, Algeria,
pleaded guilty on Jan. 28, 2014, and June 26, 2015, respectively - developing, distributing and controlling SpyEye, a malicious banking trojan