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He cracked passwords for a living – now he’s serving 4 years in prison


What does the word Glib mean to you?

Does it make you think of a popular programming library from the GNOME project?

Do you see it as a typo for glibc, a low-level C runtime library used in many Linux distros?

Do you picture someone with the gift of the gab trying to sell you a product of a type you don’t need with a quality you wouldn’t accept anyway?

In this article, it turns out to be the first name (in Latin script, anyway) of a convicted cybercriminal called Glib Oleksandr Ivanov-Tolpintsev.

Originally from Ukraine, Tolpintsev, who is now 28, was arrested in Poland late in 2020.

He was extradited to the US the following year, first appearing in a Florida court on 07 September 2021, charged with “trafficking in unauthorized access devices, and trafficking in computer passwords.”

In plain English, Tolpintsev was accused of operating what ...


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