The head-turning indictment accuses Charles Edwards of stealing DHS IG software and trying to profit from it.
For three years, the site offered more convenience for scouring personal data than brokers on the dark web.
The scheme targeted thousands of people, and involved the compromise of a Department of Defense portal that military members use to access their benefits.
In the SHIELD Act, New York now has one of the most consumer friendly data protection laws in the country.
Indictments unsealed in June hint at the scope of the problem.
The man behind the handle "Kusok" and others allegedly exploited a vulnerability in a remote access program to steal personal information and use it to file for bogus tax refunds.