A company responsible for operating LeakedSource.com has made a guilty plea after an investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
On May 17, Defiant Tech Inc. pleaded guilty of the accusation of "trade in identity data and possession of property acquired through crime" in connection with a LeakedSource investigation.
RCMP started its research, called "Project Adoration," in 2016 when it learned that the website's servers were located in Quebec. As a result of this effort, law enforcement confirmed that the service contained a database of approximately three billion records with personal data of users and login data. The site gave interested parties access to this data for a fee.
In total, Defiant Tech Inc. has $ 247,000 generated from tracking the personal information of victims through the site.
Chief Inspector Mike Maclean, criminal operations officer at the RCMP National Division, explained that he was satisfied with the outcome of Project Adoration, an effort involving the National Police and the FBI. As stated in a statement:
We are happy with this latest development. This is all due to the unremitting efforts of our men and women working in the National Cyber Crime Investigation Division. I am extremely proud of this outcome, because combating cyber crime is an operational priority for us.
Defiant Tech was not the only entity ever involved in the management of LeakedSource.com. As reported by Brian Krebs in 2017, it seems that an American individual named "Jeremy Wade" may also have played a role. But that person never received criminal charges.
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