Published by: Kavya Mishra
Last updated: July 26, 2023, 12:16 AM IST
Dutch police have arrested a man they describe as their most wanted suspect in the investigation of the Genesis Market, a dark web marketplace for stolen computer credentials, which was shut down in a multinational crackdown dubbed “Operation Cookie Monster”.
The Genesis website was shut down in April in an operation that reportedly involved law enforcement from 17 countries and more than 120 arrests at the time.
International investigators said the site had been used to sell stolen online credentials, such as web browser fingerprints and cookies, of more than 2 million people. The login details can be used by hackers to circumvent fraud prevention.
In a statement, police said the 32-year-old Dutchman, a resident of Brazil, could be one of the top 10 users of the Genesis Market.
They did not identify him or give details of the crimes he allegedly committed, except that he was suspected of defrauding many people, some of whom were robbed for tens of thousands of euros.
The suspect was arrested last week while in the Netherlands, but police only announced the arrest this week for investigative purposes.
(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and was published from a syndicated news agency feed – Reuters)