The U.S. Department of Justice announced on January 16, 2020 that it had arrested two operators of the personal information resale site WeLeakInfo. WeLeakInfo, which was closed as a result, said that as much as 12 billion pieces of information collected from more than 10,000 data breaches were sold for just two dollars.
At the time of writing, you will only see an image with the message “This domain has been seized” and the logo of six law enforcement agencies when you visit the WeLeakInfo site, and you will not be able to view anything.
However, if you look at WeLeakInfo as of January 8 in the Internet Archive, you will see “Search 12.415528536 records to see if you are safe!” A total of 1368 information leak indexes have been created” message and a search field. However, of course, if you enter a word in the search field, you will not get the search results.
Scroll down to find a fee course for subscriptions to WeLeakInfo, and you’ll find that you can subscribe to the cheapest “24-hour trial course” for just two dollars (about 220 yen).
WeLeakInfo’s Twitter tweeted on January 15 that the domain was not being able to be grasped by law enforcement agencies, saying it was “currently investigating the issue.”
[status] Investigating: We Are Currently Investigating This Issue. https://t.co/9vzK4O49gw
— We Leak Info (@weleakinfo)
According to the U.S. Department of Justice’ announcement, the investigation involved six investigators, including the Department of Internal Affairs and Communications (FBI), as well as the British Department of Serious Organized Crime (NCA), the German Federal Criminal Agency, the Netherlands National Police And the Northern Ireland Police Department. Two suspects believed to have operated WeLeakInfo were also identified and arrested. Dutch National Police said on January 17 that they had arrested a 22-year-old suspect living in Arnhem, the capital of The Province of Helderland, and seized equipment from the suspect’s home. The Northern Ireland police also announced on Twitter that “an investigation led by the British Department of Serious Organized Crime has resulted in the closure of sites used by criminals to obtain personal information, and a man living in Fintona, northern Ireland, has been arrested.”
A website providing criminal access to personal credentials has been shut down following an investment led by the National Crime Agency (NCA), in collaboration with international law enforcement partners, including PSNI. Fintona Man Arrested. https://t.co/4sPFjg9mcK pic.twitter.com/F0DoUXEuoF
— Police Service NI (@PoliceServiceNI)
According to the NCA, the suspects were both 22-year-old men who earned a total of more than 200,000 pounds under the operation of WeLeakInfo. Andrew Sholock, a senior NCA agent, said: “WeLeakInfo is a site that made up an important part of the cybercriminal toolkit. The crime also demonstrates the importance of password protection, saying that hackers were exploiting passwords on multiple sites when they infringed their data.