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.

Rap artist busted on credit card fraud charges

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Authorities charged California rapper Guerilla Black with purchasing some 30,000 credit card numbers and using them to buy merchandise.

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.

Feds recommend jail, fines for Scarlett Johansson hacker

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Prosecutors want the man who broke into the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and other celebrities to receive a hefty prison fine and pay tens of thousands of dollars to his victims.

Russian authorities arrest operator of Carberp bank botnet

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A 22-year-old, accused of using modified versions of the Carberp banking trojan to steal login details and digital signatures from compromised computers, was apprehended in Russia.

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.

Accused hacker sent to Washington State, pleads innocent

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A 21-year-old Dutch man is accused of accessing the point-of-sales terminals of restaurants and other businesses to steal credit card numbers, which he and a co-conspirator then sold in underground forums.

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.

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