In the News

Sharing threat information among peers benefits all parties through awareness, informed decision making, and increased resilience.  The NCFTA sharing model includes responsible sharing with and support of law enforcement to enable authorities to disrupt cyber-criminal actors and groups wherever they may be. This is a big reason why we do what we do; to impose a consequence on those who leverage the internet to criminally benefit themselves or others.

Included below are press releases pertaining to successful law enforcement investigations and other newsworthy items in which the NCFTA or NCFTA community played a supporting role.

Congratulations to those law enforcement agencies, case agents, and prosecutors who have invested countless hours while seeking justice for exploited victims.

May 29, 2024

911 S5 Botnet Dismantled and Its Administrator Arrested in Coordinated International Operation

YunHe Wang, a People's Republic of China national, was arrested on May 24 on charges that he created and operated the world's largest botnet and deployed malware across millions of residential Windows computers worldwide. Wang generated millions of dollars by offering cybercriminals access to these infected computers for a fee.

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April 24, 2024

Samourai Wallet Founders Arrested for Executing Over $2 billion in Unlawful Transactions

Samourai Wallet founders Keonne Rodriguez and William Lonergan Hill have been arrested and charged with operating a mixing service that executed over $2 billion in unlawful transactions and laundered over $100 million in criminal proceeds.

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April 20, 2024

Former Bank Employee Charged With Stealing and Selling Hundreds of Customer Accounts

Kalien Frazier, 29, of Oakland, California, was indicted on six counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft for a bank insider scheme, in which he used his position as a bank employee to access, misappropriate, and sell hundreds of bank customer accounts and identity information. If convicted on all counts, Frazier faces a possible maximum sentence of 120 years in prison for the wire fraud, plus a mandatory minimum sentence of two years for aggravated identity theft.

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December 18, 2023

Police Raid “Skimmer Manufacturing Lab” in Houston Airbnb, Charge Romanian Suspects Who Crossed Canadian Border

Four suspects, believed to be connected to Romanian crime families, have been charged in connection to a card skimming scheme. The group allegedly crossed the border from Canada into Vermont and cut off their court-ordered GPS ankle monitors before placing credit card skimmers at several locations while temporarily staying in Houston, according to court documents.

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November 22, 2023

Kentucky Man Indicted for Cyber Intrusion, Identity Theft, and Bank Fraud

Jesse Kipf, 38, has been indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in London, Kentucky on five counts of computer fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft, and two counts of making false statements on applications in connection with federally insured financial institutions.

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November 14, 2023

RUSSIAN NATIONAL PLEADS GUILTY TO OPERATING ILLEGAL PROXY SERVICE THAT INFECTED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF INTERNET-CONNECTED DEVICES

Sergei Makinin, a Russian and Moldovan national, pled guilty to three counts of knowingly causing the transmission of a program that intentionally caused damage without authorization to protected computers.

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November 7, 2023

Three Defendants Extradited from Germany, Morocco, and Romania to Face Charges Related to Russian Cyberfraud Scheme

“The defendants are charged with conspiring to defraud victims out of more than $48 million by stealing sensitive personal information, including social security numbers, and using it to buy and then resell electronics and luxury goods,” stated United States Attorney Peace. “This case shows that if criminals organize to target U.S. victims in their international crimes, our Office will unite with the international community to catch and bring them to justice.”

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October 13, 2023

Man Arrested in Multi-State Sex Trafficking Ring; 3 Victims Found at Monroeville, PA Motel

MONROEVILLE, Pa. — A man has been arrested in connection to a multi-state sex trafficking ring, and investigators said three victims were found at a motel in Monroeville.

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September 21, 2023

TRM Labs Joins Forces with the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) to Disrupt Threat of Cybercrime

TRM Labs, the leader in blockchain intelligence solutions, today announced it has joined the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), a trusted alliance of business and law enforcement created to disrupt the devastating and ever-changing threats from cybercrime. The partnership allows TRM Labs to share critical blockchain intelligence and investigative resources with the NCFTA and its network who collaborate to address the most urgent cyber-enabled threats.

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August 29, 2023

Qakbot Malware Disrupted in International Cyber Takedown

Qakbot malware infected more than 700,000 victim computers, facilitated ransomware deployments, and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. The action represents the largest U.S.-led financial and technical disruption of a botnet infrastructure leveraged by cybercriminals to commit ransomware, financial fraud, and other cyber-enabled criminal activity.

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