An Augusta man accused of selling personal identity information onthe dark web that he allegedly stole from employers was arrested Friday.
Ina detention hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Magistrate JudgeBrian Epps granted Marquavious D. Britt a $15,000 bond. Britt will be onhome detention with electronic monitoring.
Britt came to theattention of federal agents following a tip that information from amanaged service provider had been posted for sale on the dark web Sept.30, FBI Special Agent Taylor Burns testified Tuesday.
The managedservice provider located in Atlanta provides IT support, mobileapplication development and software support to its clients. Brittworked for the company for several weeks this past summer, Burnstestified. The FBI arranged to purchase the posted data and paid $600 inBitcoin. The trail led back to Britt in Augusta.
Theinvestigation also uncovered the sale of personal identity informationgathered from TaxSlayer, where Britt was working until his arrest. He ison unpaid leave now, Burns said. A third victim was identified Monday,Burns said. At least two of the victims were sent ransom emails beforethe data was posted for sale on the dark web.
The investigationcontinues but agents cannot yet access accounts Britt is believed tohave set up for cloud storage. He could have uploaded stolen data tothose accounts which he could access with any electronic device, Burnssaid.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara Lyons sought to have Britt held withoutbond, at least in the weeks federal agents need to work on the casefurther.
Defense attorney Holly Chapman asked Epps to set bond forBritt who is willing to cooperate with federal agents so they canaccess his accounts. Britt has no criminal history.
Epps grantedBritt bond, but he is confined to his home except for medical or legalmatters. He is not allowed to have access to any electronic device orthe internet.
Britt is expected to be indicted in U.S. District inAtlanta, the prosecutor said Tuesday. He is charged with accessing acomputer without authorization to obtain information from a protectedcomputer to obtain information valued at more than $5,000.
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