FBI credit card data sting snares 24 worldwide
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 27/06/2012 14:38
At least 24 people in 13 countries have been arrested in a US-led sting operation targeting illegal trafficking of credit card information.
The swoop came after a two-year undercover FBI investigation spanning four continents.
Operation Card Shop tracked those buying and selling information through a fake, FBI-run online forum on such "carding" schemes.
Twelve of the arrests were in the United States, with six in the UK.
U.S. charges 24 people in massive hacking sting
U.S. law enforcement officials on Tuesday said 24 suspected hackers had been arrested in a sting operation spanning four continents that targeted online financial fraud of stolen credit card and bank information.
In a two-year investigation, FBI agents posed as hackers on Internet forums, watching as other hackers swapped methods for breaching data security walls and creating fake credit cards that would work for Internet and in-person purchases.
Australians among dozens arrested in online credit card fraud sting operation [AFP]
Australians are among dozens of people arrested in a massive international law enforcement operation that targeted cyber criminals buying and selling stolen credit card information.
At least 24 people were nabbed in 13 countries in the US-led sting operation.
"Operation Card Shop" targeted "sophisticated, highly organized cyber criminals involved in buying and selling stolen identities, exploited credit cards, counterfeit documents, and sophisticated hacking tools," FBI's assistant New York director-in-charge Janice Fedarcyk said.