Aaron James Glende, a 35-year-old from Winona, was arrested by the feds in Atlanta for selling fraud-related products on AlphaBay, a dark web marketplace.
He was also known by the name Icyeagle.
He was charged with different counts including aggravated identity theft, access device fraud, and bank fraud.
Icyeagle – AlphaBay Vendor
Aaron allegedly started to advertise on the AlphaBay since the month of November 2015.
AlphaBay is a darknet site that can be accessed only by using Tor.
Using the online pseudonym Icyeagle, Glende allegedly advertised to sell stolen bank account details on 4th May 2016.
This was listed under the “Fraud” category on AlphaBay.
Icyeagle offered to sell hacked SunTrust Bank account details. These accounts were known to have weak security.
The sale price was about $66.99 for an account.
There were also indications that Icyeagle had sold 11 account logins on AlphaBay since November 2015.
It was alleged that these accounts contained substantial balance amounts.
Though the first listing by Icyeagle in AlphaBay was for accounts with high balance amounts (30K – 150K), he placed yet another listing on 19th March 2016 in which he offered SunTrust Bank hacked logins for $9.99.
These accounts had balances of U$100 to $500. It is indicated that he had sold 32 such login details since November 2015.
It was during the months of March and April 2016 that an FBI agent logged into AlphaBay as a customer on more than one occasion in a covert operation.
The agent purchased SunTrust Bank login details from Glende using bitcoins.
The information that was bought from Glende had the following details: usernames, addresses, email addresses, passwords, bank account numbers, and telephone numbers.
These details were purportedly that of five different SunTrust Bank clients.
After that, Glende was arraigned on different charges, including aggravated identity theft, before the Magistrate Judge Janet F. King and was indicted on 28th June 2016.
However, the charges are yet to be proved and till such time Glende is presumed to be innocent.
It is the responsibility of the government to prove the charges against Glende during the trial.
The FBI is now investigating the case with the assistance from the Minnesota Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the US Postal Investigation Service.
The AlphaBay Darknet Market
Attorney John Horn said in a court statement that Aaron Glende allegedly sold stolen bank account details on AlphaBay, a darknet marketplace designed to sell illicit goods and services.
In the light of this arrest, he also warned citizens to be careful with their bank account information.
Most financial information is traded for cash on such sites.
AlphaBay has several features that are specifically designed for those wishing to buy or sell illicit services.
The categories are named as follows: Drugs and Chemicals, Fraud, Carded Items, Weapons, Counterfeit Items, etc.
The search function of the website allows the visitor to search for items by name. Purchases are to be made using bitcoins.
Much like popular ecommerce sites eBay and Amazon, users can search for vendors by name and could also rate vendors and their services.