For hackers in search of information like credit card numbers and software to spy on computers, the site called Carder Profit appeared to be a veritable eBay for thieves. Instead, it was a creation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
After a two-year undercover operation, authorities in 13 countries arrested two dozen people who are accused of fraud involving computer crime.
Federal officials said Operation Card Shop, as the sting is being called, was unusually broad and represented a significant step in combating credit card fraud, which has grown notably more sophisticated recently.
“These guys represent the complete ecosystem of Internet fraud,” said one senior law enforcement official who requested anonymity because of the confidentiality of the investigation. “We drew them out of the shadows with the Web site as bait…”
The online forum, one law enforcement official said, was “like a restricted eBay,” open only to people who had a reputation and who had been vouched for by someone on the site. Besides the financial data, hacking tips, malware, spyware and access to stolen goods, like iPads and iPhones, were also possible on the site, the official said…
“They didn’t just take down one kid and a Web site,” said Dave Marcus, director of advanced research and threat intelligence at McAfee, a major provider of computer security software. “They took down a very organized group of people.”
Bravo! It may seem like a task designed for Sisyphus; but, it’s starting to feel like some policing bodies are getting better at catching the criminal parasites who have chosen to infest cyberspace.
These ain’t some jolly offshoot of the Monkey Wrench Gang, folks. The point of their exercise is theft and extortion. They have nothing to add to hacking regardless what color hat you wear.