Two Dozen Arrested in Global Credit Card Fraud Sting

Two Dozen Arrested in Global Credit Card Fraud Sting

 

Bloomberg Business Week

By Bob Van Voris & Patricia Hurtado

June 27, 2012

 

 

 

 

Two dozen people in 13 countries, including the U.S., Bosnia and Japan, were arrested in a global undercover sting operation targeting credit-card hackers said to have affected hundreds of thousands of customers.

The investigation involved computer breaches at dozens of companies and educational institutions, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. Two New York suspects caught through an undercover website set up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation were charged yesterday in Manhattan federal court.

The allegations unsealed yesterday “chronicle a breathtaking spectrum of cyber schemes and scams,” Bharara said. “Individuals sold credit cards by the thousands and took the private information of untold numbers of people,” he said.

Bharara’s office said the arrests were part of the largest- ever international enforcement action targeting online trafficking in stolen cards and financial information. They are the result of a two-year undercover operation led by the FBI.

The two New York men, Joshua Hicks and Mir Islam, were presented in federal court yesterday. Hicks, 19, who is charged with access-device fraud, was released on a $20,000 bond. Islam, 18, who is charged with access-device fraud and attempted access-device fraud, was released on a $50,000 bond.

Their lawyers declined to comment on the charges after the hearing.

 

‘Carder Profit’

The FBI established the website, called “Carder Profit,” in June 2010 “as an online meeting place where the FBI could locate cybercriminals, investigate and identify them and disrupt their activities,” prosecutors said in a criminal complaint unsealed yesterday.

The undercover operation prevented potential losses of more than $205 million, according to the statement from Bharara’s office. The FBI notified credit card companies of more than 411,000 compromised credit and debit cards. The agency informed 47 businesses, government entities and schools that their computer networks had been breached, according to the statement.

Hicks, who used the online name OxideDox, passed 15 stolen credit card numbers to an undercover agent in exchange for a camera and $250, according to the complaint. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Brown said in the hearing that Hicks admitted to additional computer crimes, including so-called SQL injection attacks, a technique to access customers’ financial data through a firm’s website, and infecting computers with malicious software.

 

Card Data

The government claims Islam, who used names including “JoshTheGod” and “Ijew,” trafficked in stolen credit card data and possessed information for more than 50,000 cards. He claimed to be a member of the hacking group UGNazi and a founder of Carders.Org, a forum for people who deal in stolen credit cards, according to the government.

In addition to Hicks and Islam, U.S. authorities arrested nine people, in California, Georgia, New Mexico, Florida, Arizona, Massachusetts and Wisconsin, Bharara’s office said in the statement. Six people were arrested in the U.K., two in Bosnia and one each in Bulgaria, Norway, Germany, Italy and Japan. Four defendants remain at large, according to prosecutors.

Authorities in the U.S. and other countries yesterday executed more than 30 search warrants and interviewed more than 30 subjects, according to the statement.

 

Undercover Website

The website set up by the FBI allowed users to discuss topics relating to “carding,” or stealing credit and debit card data and other financial information to get money, services and merchandise, according to the complaint against Hicks.

The FBI monitored discussions and recorded the Internet addresses of the users’ computers, according to the complaint. The site was taken offline in May, prosecutors said in the statement.

According to the complaint, Hicks on Feb. 22 agreed to trade stolen data from the credit cards for a digital single- lens reflex camera. A FBI agent sent the money electronically to a website user who acted as an escrow agent, according to the complaint.

The FBI agent then agreed to meet OxideDox in lower Manhattan on Feb. 28 and provide the camera, according to the complaint.

Later, the agent chatted online with OxideDox, asking him if he liked the camera, according to the complaint.

“Hey, a free camera is a free camera,” OxideDox replied, according to the complaint.

 

The case is U.S. v. Hicks, 12-mg-1639, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

 

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Federal agent imprisoned on child porn charges

10 News

Largo, Florida

by WTSP Web Staff

Friday, April 27th, 2012

 

 

TAMPA, Florida (AP) –

A former federal agent has been sentenced to seven years in prison in Tampa for transporting child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday that 45-year-old James Cafferty also will have to serve a lifetime of probation after he gets out of prison. Cafferty, a former agent with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, pleaded guilty to the charge in January.

Prosecutors said Cafferty shipped a computer containing 30,000 images of child pornography back to the U.S. when he returned home from a government assignment in London in August 2011. He lives in Largo.

 

Direct Link:  http://largo.wtsp.com/news/crime/117717-federal-agent-imprisoned-child-porn-charges

Chicago paramedic accused of Facebook sex talk with 11-year-old girl

Chicago paramedic accused of Facebook sex talk with 11-year-old girl

 

Chicago Tribune

By Jason Meisner

Tribune reporter

May 04, 2012
Booking Photo of Mark Scanlon

A veteran Chicago Fire Department paramedic was charged with engaging in sexually explicit Facebook conversations with an 11-year-old girl, Cook County prosecutors said Friday.

Mark Scanlon, 42, a nine-year veteran of the department, was charged with indecent solicitation of a minor and child exploitation. Judge Donald Panarese Jr. set bail at $50,000.

 

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Police: Principal Charged for Sex with Minor Student

Police: Principal Charged for Sex with Minor Student

 

Michigan’s Fox 17 News

Jonathan Seely

FOX 17 Web Producer

June 7, 2012
The student is said to be at least 13, but under 16
EVART, Mich.—

A high school principal has been arrested on charges stemming from an alleged sexual relationship with an underage student.

Alan R. Kullman, 45, principal of Evart High School in Evart, Mich., was arrested Tuesday on a three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct. The investigation came after reports of an inappropriate relationship with a minor student.

Kullman was arraigned Thursday, and is being held without bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for June 21.

The state police are asking anyone with information about this investigation or possible additional victims to contact the Mt. Pleasant State Police Post at 989-773-5951.

 

Direct Link:  http://www.fox17online.com/news/fox17-police-principal-charged-for-sex-with-minor-20120607,0,3488323.story

 

 

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) News Releases

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) News Releases

May 24, 2012
New York, NY

HSI special agents arrest sex offender for possession of child pornography

 

NEW YORK –

A Long Island man was arrested Thursday by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for possession of child pornography. The arrest was announced by HSI New York Special Agent in Charge James T. Hayes Jr. and U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch, Eastern District of New York.

 

 

Jay Kroll, 56, of Massapequa, N.Y., a registered level two sex offender, allegedly downloaded videos of child pornography on his computer seized by HSI special agents.

According to court documents, Kroll downloaded child pornography via peer-to-peer programs and saved the images on computer disks, storing them under his pillow. A preliminary computer forensic examination of a computer in Kroll’s home reveals a number of video files of apparent child pornography involving prepubescent boys.

The investigation began in April 2012 after HSI special agents discovered a publicly accessible website used to send and receive child pornography over the Internet. The investigation revealed the Internet Protocol address was subscribed to Kroll’s mother

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

 

Direct Link:  http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1205/120524newyork.htm