Defiant Tech, LeakedSource Operator
Enters Guilty Plea
May 21, 2019
A guilty plea was entered in court by Defiant Tech, to the charges of
Trafficking In Identity Information and Possession of Property Obtained
By Crime a year and a half after charges were laid into the RCMP's
cybercrime investigation dubbed Project "Adoration".
This investigation began in 2016 when the RCMP learned that the website
LeakedSource.com was being hosted by servers located in Quebec.
LeakedSource.com had a database of approximately three billion personal
identity records and associated passwords that could be purchased for a
small fee. Defiant Tech Inc. was operating the LeakedSource.com website
and the company earned approximately $247,000 from trafficking identity
Superintendent Mike Maclean, Officer in Charge Criminal Operations of
the RCMP National Division said, "We are pleased with this latest
development. This is all thanks to the relentless efforts put by our men
and women working in the National Division Cybercrime Investigative
Team. I am immensely proud of this outcome as combatting cybercrime is
an operational priority for us."
case highlights the importance of international partnerships, which are
key to solving crimes that are becoming increasingly transnational. The
Dutch National Police's and the FBI's assistance on Project "Adoration"
was essential to the investigation.
The National Division Cybercrime Investigative Team was created in 2016
and has successfully conducted several investigations in collaboration
with international partners, local law enforcement and federal
The RCMP is determined to fight cybercrime in all its forms, wherever it
takes place. We are actively pursuing efforts to prevent, detect and
deter any illegal activity that threatens Canada's integrity and
reputation. The public is encouraged to remain vigilant when using the
Internet and to report information on illegal activities to the RCMP.
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