[ISN] Secret Service Reveals How It Stalks Cybercriminals

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2011 05:16:29 -0700 (MST)

By Neal Ungerleider
Fast Company
June 30, 2011

A top Secret Service official ended up spilling details about federal 
anti-hacker strategy at a relatively obscure federal hearing in Alabama. 
In testimony given to the House Committee on Financial Services, 
assistant director Alvin T. Smith revealed just how involved the Secret 
Service is in federal investigations into cybercrime ... and told some 
extremely cool stories in the process.

Smith was a witness at a field hearing called, simply, “Hacked Off: 
Helping Law Enforcement Protect Private Financial Information.”

At the naughtily named hearing, Smith detailed how the Secret Service 
has infiltrated underground websites (including both hacker and 
cyberfraud sites) and bulletin boards. A 2008 investigation into 
criminals who stole credit and debit card numbers from Dave & Buster's, 
OfficeMax, Sports Authority, and Barnes & Noble customers was largely 
accomplished thanks to accounts by undercover feds on illegal websites.

Undercover Secret Service agents then, with the assistance of Turkish 
and other international investigators, traced the sale of stolen 
American credit card numbers to Russia and Eastern Europe.


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