The Real Deal was a market place of a very particular kind accessible for years on what is usually called the “dark web”. Understand by this that this shop was not referenced on search engines such as Google, and hidden in a corner of the Internet.
The FBI sends a message to hackers
On this service, one could notably find hacked connection data from social networks and bank accounts, illicit products such as drugs, or even hacking tools. It is a veritable illegal virtual supermarket that had a storefront in the 2010s. Until 2016, the latter was run by a certain Daniel Kaye, a famous hacker whom the FBI is pursuing today.
In a press release, Keri Farley, special agent in charge of the FBI in Atlanta, does not go there by four paths. She explains thus: This case is an example of our continued determination to work with our international partners to hold criminals accountable, regardless of the sophistication of their cyber fraud or their geographic location. “.
She adds to drive the point home: Let this indictment send a message that the FBI and our partners place a high priority on investigating and prosecuting hackers who intrude on our infrastructure and threaten the personal safety of our citizens. »
In detail, the FBI notably accuses Daniel Kaye of having sold computer connection data from American government agencies such as NASA, or the postal service. He would also have laundered cryptocurrencies recovered from The Real Deal.
Total panic in Liberia which finds itself deprived of the Internet
If the name Daniel Kaye rings a bell, it’s probably because of another old case that hit the headlines a few years ago. The British hacker has indeed hacked the infrastructure of Lonestar Cell, a large operator based in Liberia.
As reported by our colleagues from The Free Belgium, it deprived half of the country of its banking transactions, while farmers could no longer check the price of wheat online, and residents no longer had access to Google searches. The largest hospital in the country found itself deprived of contact with international health agencies in the midst of the Ebola epidemic.
This attack cost Daniel Kaye dearly, who was found guilty and sentenced to 32 months in prison.