27 Jun '12, 4pm

This Week in Cybercrime: FBI Sting, RBS Phish: FBI stings 24 hackers, Wyndham's security fail, RBS phishing

There was good news and bad news on the cyber security/crime front this week. Yesterday, the U. S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced the arrest of 24 hackers allegedly involved in credit card, bank account and ID theft in a sting operation that spanned 13 countries. Eleven of the individuals were arrested in the U.S. (two are minors), while the remainder were arrested in Bosnia (2), Bulgaria (1), Germany (1), Italy (1), Japan (1), Norway (1), and the United Kingdom (6). The FBI stated that in June 2010 it set up a phony website for “users to discuss various topics related to carding and to communicate offers to buy, sell, and exchange goods and services related to carding, among other things.” The FBI used the site to gather detailed information on the users which eventually led to the arrests. The press release describes in more detail how the honeypot websi...

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