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Sydney man sentenced for selling online subscriptions using stolen credentials in international investigation

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ID:	727April 24, 2021 by AFP National Media

    On April 23, a 23-year-old Sydney man was handed a two years and two months’ sentence, to be served by way of an intensive corrections order, for his involvement as the creator, administrator and primary financial beneficiary of a number of online subscription services which relied on stolen credentials from Australians and others around the world.

    The man, who has also been ordered by the court to serve 200 hours of community service, was arrested in 2019 following international cybercrime investigations by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

    The investigation began after the FBI referred information to the AFP, in May 2018, regarding an account generator website called WickedGen.com.

    WickedGen operated for approximately two years selling stolen account details for online subscription services, including Netflix, Spotify and Hulu. The account details were confirmed through a process of credential stuffing, which allows a list of previously stolen or leaked usernames, email addresses and corresponding passwords re-used and sold for unauthorised access.

    The account details belonged to unknowing victims in Australia and internationally, including the United States.

    Read more on AFP official website...

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