ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by Category en Copyright 2020 Thu, 06 May 2021 14:45:11 -0400 HSI investigation leads to seizure of 9th fraudulent website seeking to capitalize on COVID-19 https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-seizure-9th-fraudulent-website-seeking-capitalize-covid-19 According to the affidavit filed in support of the seizure, the HSI Intellectual Property Rights Center (“IPRC”) and the HSI Cyber Crimes Center (“C3”) discovered an apparent fraudulent website, named “freevaccinecovax.org.” A domain analysis conducted by HSI indicated the domain name was created on April 27, 2021, using an IP address located in Strasbourg. The registrant country was listed as Russia. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-seizure-9th-fraudulent-website-seeking-capitalize-covid-19 Mon, 05/03/2021 - 10:01 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes HSI investigation results in seizure of 3 domain names purporting to be biotechnology company websites with COVID-19 treatments https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-results-seizure-3-domain-names-purporting-be-biotechnology-company According to the affidavits filed in support of these seizures, these investigations began in March 2021. Homeland Security Investigations and the National Intellectual Property Rights Center received notification of two fraudulent websites, “genobioscience.com” and “healthbridgescience.com.” The third site, “global-pandemic-vaccines.com,” was discovered by Homeland Security Investigations’ Cyber Crimes Center (C3) during ongoing investigations for malicious websites. The cases were referred to HSI Baltimore for investigation. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-results-seizure-3-domain-names-purporting-be-biotechnology-company Wed, 04/07/2021 - 13:34 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes Foreign nationals sentenced for roles in transnational cybercrime following an HSI Las Vegas investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/foreign-nationals-sentenced-roles-transnational-cybercrime-following-hsi-las-vegas Sergey Medvedev, aka “Stells,” “segmed,” and “serjbear,” 33, of Russia, pleaded guilty in the District of Nevada to one count of racketeering conspiracy in June 2020, and was sentenced today to 10 years in prison. Marko Leopard, aka “Leopardmk,” 31, of North Macedonia, pleaded guilty in the District of Nevada to one count of racketeering conspiracy in November 2019 and was sentenced today to five years in prison. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/foreign-nationals-sentenced-roles-transnational-cybercrime-following-hsi-las-vegas Fri, 03/19/2021 - 17:37 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes HSI partners with NCA to identify 'SIM swapping' attack on US celebrities https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-partners-nca-identify-sim-swapping-attack-us-celebrities The NCA-led investigation into these attacks identified numerous victims, including well-known influencers, sports stars, musicians and their families. On Feb. 9, eight suspected members of the criminal group aged 18-26 were arrested in England and Scotland. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-partners-nca-identify-sim-swapping-attack-us-celebrities Wed, 02/17/2021 - 10:03 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes ICE investigation led to seizure of 2 fraudulent websites purporting to be biotechnology companies developing treatments for COVID-19 vaccine https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-led-seizure-2-fraudulent-websites-purporting-be-biotechnology "This operation illustrates the ongoing efforts of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, private industry and international law enforcement agencies in keeping our communities safe and free from corruption." https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-led-seizure-2-fraudulent-websites-purporting-be-biotechnology Fri, 12/18/2020 - 16:51 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes ICE Cartagena opens forensic lab to combat transnational cyber crime https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-cartagena-opens-forensic-lab-combat-transnational-cyber-crime HSI Cartagena and the National Police of Colombia marked an important milestone in Cartagena’s fight against the cybercrimes that have impacted the community with the opening of TC2IL Sept. 28. During the inauguration of the TC2IL, HSI Operations Manager Randy Richardson, Assistant Attaché Antonio Crespo, and Regional Attaché Brian Vicente were awarded the Colombian National Police Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol Medal for Meritorious Service. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-cartagena-opens-forensic-lab-combat-transnational-cyber-crime Tue, 09/29/2020 - 14:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes ICE participates in international crackdown targeting darknet dealers https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-participates-international-crackdown-targeting-darknet-dealers Andres Bermudez, 37, of Palmdale, allegedly supplied methamphetamine to the “Stealthgod” crew, was named in a criminal complaint filed Sept. 18. An affidavit in this case outlines how Bermudez allegedly supplied methamphetamine to the “Stealthgod” drug trafficking organization and details negotiations involving transactions of 30 pounds and 40 pounds of methamphetamine. Bermudez is currently a fugitive sought by federal authorities. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-participates-international-crackdown-targeting-darknet-dealers Tue, 09/22/2020 - 15:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes Malware author pleads guilty for role in transnational cybercrime organization responsible for more than $568 million in losses https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/malware-author-pleads-guilty-role-transnational-cybercrime-organization-responsible Valerian Chiochiu, aka “Onassis,” “Flagler,” “Socrate,” and “Eclessiastes,” 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan in the District of Nevada. Chiochiu is a national of the Republic of Moldova, but resided in the United States during the period of the conspiracy. His plea came just over a month after the co-founder and administrator of Infraud, Sergey Medvedev of Russia, separately pleaded guilty June 26. Sentencing for Chiochiu has been scheduled for Dec. 11. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/malware-author-pleads-guilty-role-transnational-cybercrime-organization-responsible Fri, 07/31/2020 - 17:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes ICE HSI arrests 4 in international telemarketing fraud ring targeting senior citizens https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-arrests-4-international-telemarketing-fraud-ring-targeting-senior-citizens HSI Jackson special agents arrested James Haynes, 65, Jarvis Haynes, 29, and Neman Zahid, 32, of Jackson, Miss., after an original indictment returned by a federal grand jury on March 19, 2019, charged the defendants with defrauding multiple victims as part of an international tech support and telemarketing fraud scheme. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-arrests-4-international-telemarketing-fraud-ring-targeting-senior-citizens Wed, 05/27/2020 - 13:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes NYC pharmacist charged with hoarding and price gouging of N95 masks https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/nyc-pharmacist-charged-hoarding-and-price-gouging-n95-masks Richard Schirripa, a/k/a “the Mask Man,” a licensed pharmacist, is charged with violating the Defense Production Act by hoarding and price gouging scarce N95 masks; making two false statements to law enforcement; committing healthcare fraud; and committing aggravated identity theft. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/nyc-pharmacist-charged-hoarding-and-price-gouging-n95-masks Tue, 05/26/2020 - 11:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes South Korean national and hundreds of others charged worldwide in the takedown of the largest darknet child pornography website funded by bitcoin https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-korean-national-and-hundreds-others-charged-worldwide-takedown-largest-darknet Jong Woo Son, 23, a South Korean national, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for his operation of Welcome To Video, the largest child sexual exploitation market by volume of content. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-korean-national-and-hundreds-others-charged-worldwide-takedown-largest-darknet Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes HSI computer forensic analyst honored as Tampa Bay Hispanic Hero https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-computer-forensic-analyst-honored-tampa-bay-hispanic-hero Nathan Cruz began his time with HSI as a HERO (Human Exploitation Rescue Operative) Child Rescue Corps and was just honored at the 2019 Viva Tampa Bay Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony as a Hispanic Military Hero. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-computer-forensic-analyst-honored-tampa-bay-hispanic-hero Fri, 10/04/2019 - 14:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes Utah man convicted of distributing narcotics in multi-million-dollar drug ring https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/utah-man-convicted-distributing-narcotics-multi-million-dollar-drug-ring Aaron Michael Shamo, 29, of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, was found guilty after a jury trial of his peers found he orchestrated the import and distribution of fentanyl from China. Shamo faces a potential mandatory-minimum life sentence for his actions. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/utah-man-convicted-distributing-narcotics-multi-million-dollar-drug-ring Thu, 09/05/2019 - 08:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes Grass Valley man sentenced for child pornography, online child enticement crimes https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/grass-valley-man-sentenced-child-pornography-online-child-enticement-crimes Samuel C. Thompson, 34, of Grass Valley, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to 10 years and four months in prison for receipt of child pornography and attempting to use the internet to entice a child to engage in sexual activity, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/grass-valley-man-sentenced-child-pornography-online-child-enticement-crimes Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes 3 Germans who allegedly operated dark web marketplace with over 1 million users face US narcotics and money laundering charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-germans-who-allegedly-operated-dark-web-marketplace-over-1-million-users-face-us Following a nearly two-year international investigation involving U.S. law enforcement and authorities in Germany and the Netherlands, federal prosecutors have charged three German nationals with being the administrators of Wall Street Market (WSM), which was one of the world’s largest dark web marketplaces that allowed vendors to sell a wide variety of contraband, including an array of illegal narcotics, counterfeit goods and malicious computer hacking software. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-germans-who-allegedly-operated-dark-web-marketplace-over-1-million-users-face-us Fri, 05/03/2019 - 16:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes HSI New York hosts 1st annual Cyber Crime Symposium https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-new-york-hosts-1st-annual-cyber-crime-symposium More than 200 law enforcement personnel from local, state and federal partners attended ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York’s first Cyber Crime Symposium Thursday, highlighting HSI capabilities in the cyber world, emphasizing the need for partnerships with prosecutor’s offices and law enforcement in combating cybercrimes. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-new-york-hosts-1st-annual-cyber-crime-symposium Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes 3 Los Angeles residents charged in Darknet drug ring that allegedly shipped methamphetamine to buyers around the world https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-los-angeles-residents-charged-darknet-drug-ring-allegedly-shipped-methamphetamine Three people accused of being part of an international drug trafficking ring are in custody on federal charges alleging they used the Darknet to obtain drugs and offer narcotics for sale, and then shipped pound quantities of methamphetamine to buyers in the Philippines, New Zealand, Poland and other foreign destinations. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-los-angeles-residents-charged-darknet-drug-ring-allegedly-shipped-methamphetamine Tue, 04/02/2019 - 09:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes J-CODE announces 61 arrests in its second coordinated law enforcement operation targeting opioid trafficking on the darknet https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/j-code-announces-61-arrests-its-second-coordinated-law-enforcement-operation As a result of Operation SaboTor, U.S. and international law enforcement agencies made 61 arrests and shut down 50 Darknet accounts used for illegal activity. Law enforcement executed 65 search warrants, seizing 299.5 kilograms of drugs, 51 firearms, and more than $7 million ($4.5 million in cryptocurrency, $2.48 million in cash, and $40,000 in gold). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/j-code-announces-61-arrests-its-second-coordinated-law-enforcement-operation Tue, 03/26/2019 - 09:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes Members of international movie piracy ring indicted in scheme to steal and sell pre-release Hollywood films and TV shows https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/members-international-movie-piracy-ring-indicted-scheme-steal-and-sell-pre-release According to the indictment filed this afternoon in U.S. District Court, members of the hacking conspiracy broke into computer systems used by Hollywood film production companies and stole digital files, including feature films, trailers, television series episodes and audio tracks. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/members-international-movie-piracy-ring-indicted-scheme-steal-and-sell-pre-release Wed, 12/12/2018 - 10:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes Former Drexel University student sentenced for cyberstalking classmate https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-drexel-university-student-sentenced-cyberstalking-classmate During the 2015-16 school year, Jacob Waitze, a former Drexel University student, used a computer and the Internet to engage in a campaign of harassment and intimidation against a Drexel student following a personal dispute with the student. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-drexel-university-student-sentenced-cyberstalking-classmate Thu, 11/01/2018 - 14:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes 4 charged with participating in a scheme to defraud users of a dating website https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/4-charged-participating-scheme-defraud-users-dating-website Four individuals were indicted Wednesday following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  David Jones, David Duwayne Taylor, Kristin Knight, and Destiny Bishop are charged for their alleged involvement in a scheme by which they fraudulently duped their victims into believing that they had sent sexually explicit images to underage children and faced criminal prosecution if they did not pay to avoid involvement by law enforcement.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/4-charged-participating-scheme-defraud-users-dating-website Wed, 10/31/2018 - 17:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes ICE HSI New York operation leads to arrests of 3 dozen Darknet vendors selling illicit goods, weapons, drugs seized and more than $23.6 million https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-new-york-operation-leads-arrests-3-dozen-darknet-vendors-selling-illicit Jian Qu, 30; Raymond Weng, 24; and Kai Wu, 22, all of Queens, New York, along with Dimitri Tseperkas, 22, and Cihad Akkaya, 22, of Middle Island and Port Jefferson, New York, respectively, were each arrested on June 18, and charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York with participation in a conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-new-york-operation-leads-arrests-3-dozen-darknet-vendors-selling-illicit Wed, 06/27/2018 - 11:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes ICE dismantles massive cyberfraud enterprise that cost victims $530 million https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-dismantles-massive-cyberfraud-enterprise-cost-victims-530-million Following the return of a nine-count superseding indictment by a Las Vegas, Nevada, grand jury alleging racketeering conspiracy and other crimes, federal, state, local, and international law enforcement authorities arrested 13 defendants from the United States and six countries: Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Kosovo and Serbia. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-dismantles-massive-cyberfraud-enterprise-cost-victims-530-million Fri, 02/09/2018 - 15:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes Indiana man admits role in Darknet weapons trafficking scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/indiana-man-admits-role-darknet-weapons-trafficking-scheme Benjamin Donald Brunni, 19, of Greensburg, Indiana, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federal court to one count of transporting and selling firearms without a license. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/indiana-man-admits-role-darknet-weapons-trafficking-scheme Thu, 07/27/2017 - 16:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes Los Angeles-area man arrested on federal charges of producing child pornography after allegedly enticing boy to take explicit pictures https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-arrested-federal-charges-producing-child-pornography-after Francisco Javier Soledad, 24, was arrested by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Soledad is expected to make his initial appearance Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-arrested-federal-charges-producing-child-pornography-after Thu, 03/09/2017 - 08:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - COVID-19, Cyber Crimes