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Operation Cookie Monster shuts off hacker marketplace selling millions of stolen accounts

Screenshot of the Genesis Market site, with a banner saying that it’s been seized and the logos of several law enforcement agencies.
The screen you’ll see if you visit Genesis Market now. | Image: Europol

Several law enforcement agencies have teamed up to take down Genesis Market, a website selling access to “over 80 million account access credentials,” which included the standard usernames and passwords, as well as much more dangerous data like session tokens. According to a press release from the US Department of Justice, the site was seized on Tuesday. The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (or Europol) says that 119 of the site’s users have been arrested.

Genesis Marketplace has been around since 2018, according to the Department of Justice, and was “one of the most prolific initial access brokers (IABs) in the cybercrime world.” It let hackers search for certain types of credentials, such as ones for social media…

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