Florida man pleads guilty to role in cybercriminal exchange

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Posted: Aug 18, 2015 3:35 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to his role in a cybercriminal marketplace where hackers bought and sold stolen databases, malicious software and other products that could cripple or steal information from computers and cellphones.

Twenty-seven-year-old Naveed Ahmed, of Tampa, was one of 12 people in the United States charged in connection with the site, Darkode.com.

Ahmed was identified Tuesday at his federal court hearing in Pittsburgh as a system administrator for the University of South Florida, where he is also a graduate student.

Authorities say Ahmed was part of a three-person team who used software to bombard people's cellphones with spam text messages and break into routers in developing nations. Prosecutors say the team made $2,000 to $3,000 weekly for their work.

His sentencing was set for Nov. 24.