Major cybercrime racket busted in UK



Major cybercrime racket busted in UK London: A Briton of Sri Lanka origin has been convicted of masterminding and running one of the largest cybercrime rackets from an internet cafe in Wembley, west London.

Renukanth Subramaniam, 33, described as a loner, was a former pizza bar worker and ran an international cyber "supermarket" selling stolen credit card and account details costing the banking industry tens of millions of pounds.

Officials of UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) estimate that his site, DarkMarket, enabled criminals to collaborate on deals which caused losses worth tens of millions of pounds.

So far around 60 arrests linked to DarkMarket have been made worldwide. Subramaniam, who used the online nickname 'JiLsi', pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Another DarkMarket member, John McHugh, who used the online nickname 'devilman', pleaded guilty to the same charge.

DarkMarket provided a sophisticated, invitation-only service for criminals to buy and sell compromised credit card information and anything else they needed to commit financial crime. It also offered training in fraud techniques, including online bank account takeovers, and money laundering.

PTI