A Cincinnati man pleaded guilty after U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said he stole data from a local company and demanded ransom.
Carlos Ruiz-Rodriguez, 25, was a call center employee for two years. Glassman said he stole company schematics and client information and told the company he would release it if the company did not pay him in bitcoins. He then released the information on an internet “dark web” forum. The company paid him $15,000 in ransom.
Looking at PACER, a lot of the documents appear to be under seal, so it’s not known to me who the victim company was. Which is the way DOJ seems to prefer things. The indictment merely indicates that the crime Carlos Daniel Ruiz-Rodriguez was alleged to have committed occurred between November 17, 2015 and January 7, 2016.
If anyone has additional info on this case or knows what Ruiz-Rodriguez’s nick was on the dark web, please let me know.