Four Who Ran Credit Card Fraud Market to Serve Prison Time
Jeremy Kirk writes on ComputerWorld:
Three men and a woman who ran what U.K. police say was the largest English-language criminal forum for selling stolen credit card numbers and the tools to steal data were imprisoned for a combined total of more than 15 years, according to the Metropolitan Police.
The GhostMarket forum had more than 8,000 members and was a marketplace for everything from the famous Zeus online banking malware to recipes for making crystal meth and even bombs, police said.
Ringleader Nicholas Webber, 19, of Southsea, and Gary Paul Kelly, 21, of Manchester, were arrested at Gatwick Airport in January 2010, after they'd been living in an apartment in Port d'Andratx, Majorca.
They pleaded guilty to computer misuse and fraud charges and were sentenced Wednesday in Southwark Crown Court in London. They both received five-year prison sentences.