Friday, March 04, 2011

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.

More here.


At Thu May 05, 09:44:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Merchant Services said...

Its always good to hear/read news like this. It makes me think that credit card fraud has just lost some members. I'm wondering though if they can still operate even when they are inside the jail. For sure they have accomplices outside who can still continue their operation.



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