A Monroeville man has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to buying stolen log-in credentials from the dark web.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Alabama’s Southern District, 28-year-old Laderian Odom made the purchases from what it calls an illicit, invitation-only internet marketplace called Genesis Market.
According to court documents and testimony at sentencing, Genesis Market was an illegal online marketplace housed on foreign servers, which was taken down in Operation Cookie Monster — a joint international cyber operation led by FBI-Milwaukee and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Odom received an invitation to Genesis Market in the summer of 2020. Thereafter, Odom used cryptocurrency to purchase approximately 950 sets of stolen log-in credentials. These credentials included usernames and passwords for online bank accounts, shopping sites like Amazon, social media accounts and more.
With these stolen credentials, a person could fully access these online accounts as if they were the real account holder.
U.S. District Court Judge Terry F. Moorer sentenced Odom. Although Odom pleaded guilty, he did not receive any sentencing reduction for accepting responsibility, because Judge Moorer found that Odom knowingly lied about being under indictment in this case when he filled out paperwork attempting to purchase a handgun in August 2023.