On December 22, as part of the criminal investigation Project "Adoration", the RCMP's National Division Cybercrime Investigative Team charged 27-year-old Jordan Evan Bloom of Thornhill, Ontario, for allegedly selling stolen personal identities online through the website Leakedsource.com. Today, Bloom will make his first court appearance in relation to the charges:
- Trafficking In Identity Information
- Unauthorized Use of Computer (s. 342.1 of the Criminal Code)
- Mischief to Data
- Possession of Property Obtained By Crime
Project "Adoration" 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. Jordan Evan Bloom is alleged to have been responsible for administering the LeakedSource.com website and is alleged to have earned approximately $247,000 from trafficking identity information.
"This investigation is related to claims about a website operator alleged to have made hundreds of thousands of dollars selling personal information. The RCMP will continue to work diligently with our domestic and international law enforcement partners to prosecute online criminality."
- Inspector Rafael Alvarado, Officer in Charge of the RCMP Cybercrime Investigative Team at National Division
This 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 government agencies.
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.