The popular hacking site RaidForum, where criminals shared data collected from breaches, leaks and scratches, has been taken offline since yesterday. It comes along with news that the 21-year-old Portuguese founder of the site has been arrested and charged with six criminal charges.
The site was temporarily disabled in February, prompting suspicions of seizure by the authorities. Later it appeared online again, only all the pages only showed the login page and entering credentials just refreshed the page over and over again as per hot hardware.
Diogo Santos Coelho was found in Croydon, UK and identified as the founder and main administrator of the website, known as ‘Omnipotente’. Despite the name, he hasn’t been able to do much about his current situation and has now been charged with conspiracy to commit access device fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, along with four counts of access device fraud.
He has even been accused of offering an “official intermediary service” to facilitate illicit transactions and of personally selling his victims’ stolen data.
When Coelho was just 14 years old, authorities were alerted to his potential online identity when a warrant allowed them to search his luggage as he tried to enter the US at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Texts found on his cell phone at that age, along with files and emails, linked him to the site and the Omnipotent identifier. And when the kid tried to retrieve his devices, he used the same email address he used to register two domain names with RaidForums to contact the lead agent on the FBI case.
It’s not the most advanced move, and one that has now left Coelho with a rather nasty stain on his criminal record. The moral of the story? Don’t hack kids.