An federal indictment unsealed February 7 charged 36 people from Ukraine to Los Angeles on suspicion of large-scale acquisition and sale of stolen identities, compromised credit cards, financial information, computer malware and more.
The indictment said that among the stolen items advertised were 795,000 HSBC bank logins, dozens of PayPal logins and credentials, and credit card numbers.
The alleged cyber criminal from Britain, who used aliases including "Aslike1", "Aslike", "Moneymafia" and "Shilonng", could face up to 20 years in a United States jail if he is extradited, the country's authorities say.
The US Justice department has filed an indictment in the US District Court against Australian Edgar "Guapo" Rojas and 35 others, describing it as one of its largest cyberfraud prosecutions.
Rojas became a member in 2011 and shortly after was promoted to VIP Member status by the organisation's Ukrainian founder, Svyatoslav Bondarenko, according to the indictment.
Super Moderators oversaw and administered specific subject-matter areas within their expertise. The group "targeted more than 4.3 million credit cards, debit cards and bank accounts held by individuals around the world and in all 50 states", said David Rybicki, deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department Criminal Division, in a statement.
Prosecutors claim that the scammers aimed to inflict losses of $2.2 billion in stolen revenue. And while there are just five suspects still at large, the actual membership is considerably deeper with 10,901 registered members as of March 2017. Members of the group were charged on nine criminal counts, including wire fraud, computer crimes, and conspiracy to racketeer.
The U.S. Department of Justice has led a global effort to shut down a huge online cybercrime forum, resulting in the arrest of both people involved in running it and those who used its services.
"This case reflects the alarming and increasing threat posed by cyber crime".
In a statement released on February 7, the Justice Department said federal and worldwide law enforcement authorities arrested 13 defendants from the United States and 23 from Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Kosovo, and Serbia.
The City of London Police are credited alongside other global police forces for "siginificant efforts and timely cooperation".