Two Canadians Nailed For Doing Bad Things Online…. Sigh….

Yesterday was not a great day for Canada as two Canadian citizens were charged for bad behavior online. Let’s start with the guy the RCMP charged for selling stolen identities and passwords at LeakedSource.com:

Jordan Evan Bloom, 27, is facing rare Canadian Criminal Code charges including “trafficking in identity information,” and “mischief to data” for his involvement in the infamous website Leakedsource.com, the RCMP allege.

Before being shut down by police in January 2017, LeakedSource.com offered visitors access to three billion records that were harvested from computer security breaches around the world, reportedly including data leaks from Twitter, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Weebly, Foursquare, Tumblr, Rambler.ru, MySpace and AdultFriendFinder.

Once decrypted and aggregated, the information was available by keyword search and accessible for a fee.

Leakedsources.com “was a middle man between the dark web and the internet,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Maurizio Rosa, who supervised the investigation. “A person would log into the site and, with a fee, would be able to look through the site for any information about usernames or passwords to be able to get them.”

Police allege that Bloom earned $247,000 as the website’s administrator.

Hmmm…. That’s not good. It gets worse for Canada as we’ll now go to the guy who’s gotten into all sorts of trouble for launching an army of spambots on Twitch:

A B.C. man accused of overwhelming the American social media giant Twitch with an army of spambots now faces an unprecedented charge of “mischief in relation to computer data.”

Brandan Lukus Apple is also subject to an unusual civil order restraining him from creating or selling “any robot, bot, crawler, spider, blacklisting software or other software” aimed at harming the popular streaming service.

And:

The incident which sparked the criminal mischief charge allegedly happened between February and May of 2017 when thousands of Twitch broadcasters were deluged with a crippling stream of racist, homophobic and otherwise harassing comments.

According to a filing sworn in Port Coquitlam provincial court last month, Apple is accused of “wilfully causing multiple repetitive messages to be transmitted.”

The criminal charge is separate from a B.C. Supreme Court civil action which saw Twitch file a notice of claim last April to stop the 20-year-old from running a web service that promised it could “be used to bomb/spam/flood any TwitchTV chat.”

Whatever happened to Canadians being known for hockey, moose, and maple syrup?

Both of these cases have garnered international attention. Which means that this isn’t good for Canada’s reputation worldwide. The good news is that these guys have been caught and will face justice. So at least some good will come out of these two cases.

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