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UK hacker indicted for running dark web market The Real DealSecurity Affairs

A popular British hacker has been accused by US authorities of allegedly running ‘The Real Deal’ dark web market.

British hacker Daniel Kaye (aka Bestbuy, Spdrman, Popopret, UserL0ser) (34) has been indicted by the US DoJ for allegedly running dark web market “The Real Deal”.

The man was charged with access device fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

“Kaye allegedly operated The Real Deal, a Dark Web marketplace for illicit items, including stolen account login credentials for US government computers; stolen account login credentials for social media accounts and bank accounts; stolen credit card information; stolen personally identifiable information; illegal drugs; botnets; and hacking tools. reads the press release issued by the DoJ. “The market has been organized into categories, such as ‘Exploitation Code’, ‘Counterfeits’, ‘Drugs’, ‘Fraud and More’, ‘Government Data’ and ‘Weapons’.

The now defunct Real Deal marketplace was used by scammers to sell and buy illegal goods and services, including narcotics, hacking tools, and stolen login credentials.

According to the indictment, Kaye offered for sale on The Real Deal login credentials for US government computers belonging to the US Postal Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the United States Navy. The man, along with other members of a gang known as “thedarkoverlord”, trafficked in stolen social security numbers. Kaye laundered the cryptocurrency obtained from the illegal operation The Real Deal through the Bitmixer.io mixing service.

“While living overseas, this defendant allegedly operated an illegal website that sold hacking tools and login credentials, including those of U.S. government agencies,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “This case is a timely reminder, during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, that federal law enforcement will ensure that those accused of breaking U.S. laws will face their day in court, no matter what. be their place of residence in the world.”

Kaye also faked login credentials for Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. The man is believed to have run The Real Deal market between early 2015 and November 2016 when it was shut down.

Kaye made a name for himself as the developer and seller of the GovRAT malware that his “clients” used to hack into US government agencies. [PDF].

Kaye was arrested by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) in February 2017. In June 2017, Kaye pleaded guilty in court to hijacking more than 900,000 routers from Deutsche Telekom’s network.

The man used a customized version of the Mirai IoT malware.

Kaye is also known as the author of the GovRAT malware, he offered the RAT source code, including a code signing digital certificate, for almost 4.5 Bitcoin on the black market TheRealDeal.

The man was overseas when the indictment was filed, in September 2022 he consented to his extradition from Cyprus to the United States.

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Pierluigi Paganini

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