Eliot Ness Never Said "Wardriving"
The scheme is believed to constitute the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
Some interesting details about the G-men taking down a huge credit-card theft ring:
**A lot of the crime seems to have been committed by actual technological chicanery, rather than human engineering
**The thieves were an international group right out of a Hollywood script
**The Justice Department apparently believes that we're all jargon-savvy enough that it can include the term "wardriving" in its press release without any explanation.
For those of you who speak only English, Wardriving is driving around looking for open wireless access points.
These guys were pretty ambitious:
The indictment alleges that after they collected the data, the conspirators concealed the data in encrypted computer servers that they controlled in Eastern Europe and the United States. They allegedly sold some of the credit and debit card numbers, via the Internet, to other criminals in the United States and Eastern Europe. The stolen numbers were "cashed out" by encoding card numbers on the magnetic strips of blank cards. The defendants then used these cards to withdraw tens of thousands of dollars at a time from ATMs. Gonzalez and others were allegedly able to conceal and launder their fraud proceeds by using anonymous Internet-based currencies both within the United States and abroad, and by channeling funds through bank accounts in Eastern Europe.