CEO of Knowledge Privateness Firm Based Dozens of Individuals-Search Companies – Krebs on Safety


The information privateness firm payments itself as a Virginia-based service for serving to folks take away their private data from nearly 200 people-search web sites. Nevertheless, an investigation into the historical past of finds this firm is working out of Belarus and Cyprus, and that its founder has launched dozens of people-search providers over time.

Onerep’s “Shield” service begins at $8.33 per thirty days for people and $15/mo for households, and guarantees to take away your private data from almost 200 people-search websites. Onerep additionally markets its service to corporations searching for to supply their staff the power to have their information repeatedly faraway from people-search websites.

A testimonial on

Buyer case research printed on state that it struck a deal to supply the service to staff of Permanente Drugs, which represents the medical doctors inside the medical health insurance large Kaiser Permanente. Onerep additionally says it has made inroads amongst police departments in america.

However a evaluation of Onerep’s area registration information and that of its founder reveal a distinct aspect to this firm. says its founder and CEO is Dimitri Shelest from Minsk, Belarus, as does Shelest’s profile on LinkedIn. Historic registration information listed by say Mr. Shelest was a registrant of who used the e-mail handle

A search within the information breach monitoring service Constella Intelligence for the title Dimitri Shelest brings up the e-mail handle Constella additionally finds that Dimitri Shelest from Belarus used the e-mail handle, and the Belarus telephone quantity +375-292-702786. is a folks search service whose staff all seem like from Belarus, and it’s one among dozens of people-search corporations that Onerep claims to focus on with its data-removal service.’s web site disavows any relationship to, stating fairly clearly, “Please observe that OneRep isn’t related to”

Nevertheless, there may be an abundance of proof suggesting Mr. Shelest is actually the founding father of Nuwber. Constella discovered that Minsk phone quantity (375-292-702786) has been used a number of instances in reference to the e-mail handle Recall that’s area registration information in 2018 record the e-mail handle

It seems Mr. Shelest sought to reinvent his on-line identification in 2015 by including a “2” to his e mail handle. A search on the Belarus telephone quantity tied to exhibits up within the area information for, and DomainTools says this area is tied to each and CEO and founder Dimitri Shelest, as pictured on the “about” web page of

A search in DomainTools for the e-mail handle exhibits it’s related to the registration of at the least 179 domains, together with dozens of principally now-defunct people-search corporations focusing on residents of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia and Mexico, amongst others.

These embrace, a website registered in 2016 which was similar to the homepage of on the time. DomainTools exhibits the identical e mail and Belarus telephone quantity are in historic registration information for,, and (all domains linked listed below are to their cached copies at, the place obtainable)., circa 2015. Picture:

A evaluation of historic WHOIS information for present it was registered for a few years to a resident of Sioux Falls, SD for a very unrelated website. However round Sept. 2015 the area switched from the registrar to eNom, and the registration information had been hidden behind privateness safety providers. DomainTools signifies round this time began utilizing area title servers from DNS supplier Likewise, first appeared in late 2015, was additionally registered by way of eNom, and in addition began utilizing for DNS at almost the identical time.

Listed on LinkedIn as a former product supervisor at between 2015 and 2018 is Dimitri Bukuyazau, who says their hometown is Warsaw, Poland. Whereas this LinkedIn profile ( doesn’t point out Nuwber, a search on this title in Google turns up a 2017 weblog submit from, which laid out various causes to assist a conclusion that OneRep and had been the identical firm.

“Any folks search profiles containing your Personally Identifiable Data that had been on had been additionally mirrored identically on, all the way down to the kin’ names and handle histories,” wrote. The submit continued:

“Each websites provided the identical speedy opt-out course of. Each websites had the identical generic contact and assist construction. They had been – and stay – the identical firm (even advocates this truth:”

“Issues modified in early 2016 when started providing privateness removing providers proper alongside their very own open shows of your private data. At this level if you discovered your self on OR, you’ll be supplied with the choice of opting-out your information on their website at no cost – but additionally be extremely inspired to pay them to take away it from a slew of different websites (and a part of that cost was eradicating you from their very own website,, as a good thing about their service).”

Reached by way of LinkedIn, Mr. Bukuyazau declined to reply questions, equivalent to whether or not he ever labored at Nevertheless, Constella Intelligence finds two attention-grabbing e mail addresses for workers at, and, which was registered underneath the title “Dzmitry.”

PrivacyDuck’s claims about how appeared and behaved within the early days aren’t readily verifiable as a result of the area has been fully excluded from the Wayback Machine at The Wayback Machine will honor such requests if they arrive instantly from the proprietor of the area in query.

Nonetheless, Mr. Shelest’s title, telephone quantity and e mail additionally seem within the area registration information for a really dizzying variety of country-specific people-search providers, together with,,,,,, and

The identical particulars seem within the WHOIS registration information for the now-defunct people-search websites,,, and, a people-search service for French residents.

The German people-search website

A search on the e-mail handle suggests Mr. Shelest was beforehand concerned in slightly aggressive e mail advertising campaigns. In 2010, an nameless supply leaked to KrebsOnSecurity the monetary and organizational information of Spamit, which on the time was simply the most important Russian-language pharmacy spam associates program on the planet.

Spamit paid spammers a hefty fee each time somebody purchased male enhancement medicine from any of their spam-advertised web sites. Mr. Shelest’s e mail handle stood out as a result of instantly after the Spamit database was leaked, KrebsOnSecurity searched the entire Spamit affiliate e mail addresses to find out if any of them corresponded to social media accounts at (on the time, Fb allowed customers to go looking profiles by e mail handle).

That mapping, which was finished primarily by beneficiant graduate college students at my alma mater George Mason College, revealed that was utilized by a Spamit affiliate, albeit not a really worthwhile one. That very same Fb profile for Mr. Shelest remains to be lively, and it says he’s married and dwelling in Minsk (final replace: 2021).

The Italian people-search web site

Scrolling down Mr. Shelest’s Fb web page to posts made greater than ten years in the past present him liking the Fb profile pages for a lot of different people-search websites, together with,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and lots of country-code variations of (e.g., and

The people-search web site finds that the entire domains talked about within the final paragraph had been registered to the e-mail handle

Mr. Shelest has not responded to a number of requests for remark. KrebsOnSecurity additionally sought remark from, which likewise has not responded to inquiries about its founder’s many obvious conflicts of curiosity. In any occasion, these practices would appear to contradict the aim Onerep has acknowledged on its website: “We imagine that nobody ought to compromise private on-line safety and get a revenue from it.”

The people-search web site

Max Anderson is chief progress officer at 360 Privateness, a authentic privateness firm that works to maintain its purchasers’ information off of greater than 400 information dealer and people-search websites. Anderson mentioned it’s regarding to see a direct hyperlink between between a knowledge removing service and information dealer web sites.

“I might take into account it unethical to run an organization that sells folks’s data, after which cost those self same folks to have their data eliminated,” Anderson mentioned.

Final week, KrebsOnSecurity printed an evaluation of the people-search information dealer large Radaris, whose client profiles are deep sufficient to rival these of much more guarded information dealer assets obtainable to U.S. police departments and different regulation enforcement personnel.

That story revealed that the co-founders of Radaris are two native Russian brothers who function a number of Russian-language relationship providers and affiliate packages. It additionally seems lots of the Radaris founders’ companies have ties to a California advertising agency that works with a Russian state-run media conglomerate presently sanctioned by the U.S. authorities.

KrebsOnSecurity will proceed investigating the historical past of assorted client information brokers and people-search suppliers. If any readers have inside data of this trade or key gamers inside it, please take into account reaching out to krebsonsecurity at


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