An Ontario man showed up Monday to answer charges of running a site that gathered individual and watchword information from about three billion records and sold them for the benefit.
Jordan Evan Bloom, 27, of Thornhill earned some Can$247,000 ($198,800 US) by offering the information for a “little charge” by means of leakedsource.com, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in an announcement.
The information was stolen during massive hacks of websites including LinkedIn and the Ashley Madison online dating service.
Some of the data could also be used to access other popular websites if the hacked user used the same password and username combination, according to police.
Bloom was charged in December as part of a criminal probe dubbed “Project Adoration” focusing on trafficking in personal data, unauthorized use of computers, and possession of an illicitly obtained property.
The probe lasted more than a year.
Authorities have shut down Bloom’s website, but another with the same domain name hosted by servers in Russia is still operating.
“The RCMP will continue to work diligently with our domestic and international law enforcement partners to prosecute online criminality,” inspector Rafael Alvarado said in a statement.
Police noted that help from the Dutch National Police and the FBI were “essential” to the investigation.