Lawbreakers & Cybercrime

WorldPay "casher" jailed for helping to steal $80k

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A Chicago woman with roots in Nigeria was sentenced this week to 30 months in prison for playing a key role in extracting cash from the bank accounts of individuals whose prepaid payroll information was stolen in a massive 2008 breach.

Computer with patient data stolen from NYC hosptial

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A desktop computer storing personal health information was stolen from NYU Langone Medical Center.

Final sentence in multi-million dollar hacking ring

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Joshuah Witt, 35, the final member of a Seattle crime ring that combined hacking with old-fashioned breaking-and-entering, has been sentenced to just under eight years in federal prison, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

Man convicted for role in phishing racket

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A jury in New Jersey has found a Georgia man guilty for his role in a fraud ring that cost financial companies some $1.5 million.

FBI online sting nabs 24 trading stolen cards, crime tools

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The FBI monitored an underground credit card forum to net two dozen alleged cyber criminals, a takedown that authorities believe prevented $205 million in losses.

Sentences issued in credit card ring bust

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Sixteen members of a New York-based fake credit card racket, many of whom were family and friends, have pleaded guilty and received prison time.

Feds charge man with hacking Energy Department

A 23-year-old Pennsylvania man compromised two supercomputers belonging to the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.

Bredolab botnet mastermind sentenced to four years

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An Armenian man charged in 2010 with running the Bredolab botnet was sentenced this week in his home country to four years in prison.

Wrigley Field fans targeted by skimming scam

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A group of six has been charged in the latest scam to defraud bank customers through the use of skimming devices, a trend that has seen a noticeable uptick in arrests and prosecutions over the past year.

Securities fraud hacker charged after $1 million heist

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A Russian national is in custody in Newark, N.J., facing charges of hacking into the web accounts of several brokerages to initiate sham stock trades that allegedly netted $1 million.

Court ruling limits reach of U.S. anti-hacking law

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A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling has said employees who violate their organization's user policies do not violate the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

Hacker who stole racy photos of celebrities pleads guilty

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Following a plea deal that more than halved the prison time he faces, a 35-year-old Florida man admitted Monday to hacking into the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, and dozens of other celebrities to steal photos, emails and other documents.

Claims over entrapment, FBI-enabled hacks fly after arrests

Claims over entrapment, FBI-enabled hacks fly after arrests

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As the news settles that a trusted member of Anonymous was actually an FBI informant, some are wondering whether his FBI handlers went too far when trying to gather evidence about other suspected hackers.

Anonymous hacker-turned-informant helps feds arrest five

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Sabu, an Anonymous/LulzSec/AntiSec hacker beloved by many across the world, has spent the last nine months providing information to the FBI. What does this mean to the future of the hacktivist movement?

Anonymous raids law firm over its defense of Marine

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Anonymous stayed busy on Friday with the dump of 300 GB of emails and other communications, lifted from the law firm representing a U.S. Marine who recently escaped jail time for his role in a 2005 massacre.

FBI call gives clues into Anonymous, LulzSec probes

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Security experts believe a member of Anonymous hacked into the email account of a law enforcement official, which provided them the credentials necessary to eavesdrop on an FBI-led conference call.

Palin hacker appeal rejected

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David Kernell, who hacked into Sarah Palin's email account, has lost an appeal against his obstruction of justice charge.

SEC accuses Latvian man of hacking brokerage accounts

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The federal Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Latvian man with participating in a scheme that manipulated the value of more than 100 New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq stocks.

Secret Service charges Romanian man with ATM fraud

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A Romanian citizen, with an expired U.S. visa, has been arrested on charges of serving as the "installer" of skimming devices on some 40 ATMs in the New York City area.

NYC authorities charge 55 in cyber fraud, ID theft ring

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The defendants were part of a coordinated operation that resulted in the theft of more than $2 million from JP Morgan Chase Bank, TD Bank, Citibank, Discover and American Express.

2012 cyber crime predictions: More arrests and Willie Sutton 2.0

More cyber crime rings will be broken up in 2012, but the risk/reward ratio for cyber crime will remain criminal friendly.

Four charged with hacking Subway, other retailers

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The defendants allegedly compromised the credit card data of 80,000 customers and made millions of dollars in unauthorized purchases.

Police charge hackers with targeting AT&T customers

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Filipino authorities said they have arrested members of a terrorist-funded racket that was responsible for hacking telephone networks of telecommunications firms.

Three indicted in New York on ATM skimming charges

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Two of the three men accused of swiping the debit card credentials of 1,490 ATM users in Manhattan remain behind bars. The other defendant is at large.

Romanian hacker accused of breaking into NASA server

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Robert Butyka was detained Tuesday in Cluj Napoca, Romania's fourth most populated city.

Man charged with hacking Hoboken, N.J. mayor's email

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Patrick Ricciardi, 45, allegedly abused his access as an information systems specialist to spy on official emails meant for Hoboken, N.J. Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

FBI arrests six in click-fraud cyber scam that netted $14M

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A gang of Estonians is accused of infecting millions of computers, many in the United States, with DNS-changing trojans capable of manipulating the online advertising industry through clickjacking.

Accused Scarlett Johansson hacker claims innocence

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A Florida man pleaded innocent Tuesday to hacking into the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and dozens of other celebrities to steal photos, emails and other documents.

Disgraced bike champ accused of cybercrime

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Cyclist Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his Tour de France medal in 2006 following positive doping results, now faces arrest in France for his alleged involvement in planting a trojan on the computer network of the French national anti-doping laboratory (LNDD), which conducted the test. According to reports, French prosecutors said Landis and Arnie Baker, his coach at the time, employed a hacker at Kargus Consultants to plant the trojan in an attempt to steal documents from the lab for an appeals process they were pursuing. Kargus has also been suspected of breaking into Greenpeace and French utility company EDF. Prosecutors said Landis should serve an 18-month suspended prison sentence for his part in the alleged scheme.

Accused LulzSec hacker pleads innocent to Sony attack

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A purported member of the hacktivist group LulzSec pleaded innocent Monday in federal court in Los Angeles to charges of hacking into the systems of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Cody Kretsinger, a.k.a. "recursion," 23, of Arizona is facing one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. He is accused of participating in a weeklong SQL injection attack, ending in early June, on the Sony Pictures site. The compromise resulted in the theft of data belonging to roughly one million users, some of which was publicly posted.

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