[ISN] Romania Swoops In on 70 Cybertheft Suspects

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 00:19:04 -0500 (CDT)

By Kim Zetter
Threat Level
April 7, 2010

Romanian police arrested 70 suspects Tuesday who they claim were 
involved in eBay scams and other cybercrimes since 2006.

Believed to be members of three separate gangs, the scammers used 
phishing attacks to get the login credentials of eBay account holders, 
then used the accounts to auction nonexistent goods. Police have 
identified approximately 800 victims who sent money for non-existent 
Rolex watches, cars, yachts, private airplanes and other luxury goods. 
Buyers from around the world lost an estimated $1 million after they 
sent money for winning auctions, but never received goods. According to 
one Romanian news source, an American buyer paid about $90,000 for a 
luxury aircraft in one auction.

The crooks allegedly operated in Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, 
Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United 
States. Police have so far recovered only a small, undetermined amount 
of money in the raids. Romanian authorities posted a video of one of the 
police raids on YouTube [1].

Suspects in several countries reportedly exchanged homes, cars and phone 
cards among themselves.

[1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1R8vKYemLc


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