Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Complexities on an Online Crime Ring

These guys are as efficient and professional as any major multinational, global company!

they certainly are smarter business people than our dear, old, rusting, failing auto industry.

OH the betrayal! Here is the truth in a nutshell.
"As an international ring of thieves plundered the credit card numbers of millions of Americans, investigators struggled to figure out who was orchestrating the crimes in the United States.

When prosecutors unveiled indictments last week, they made a stunning admission: the culprit was, they said, their very own informant.

Albert Gonzalez, 27, appeared to be a reformed hacker. To avoid prison time after being arrested in 2003, he had been helping federal agents identify his former cohorts in the online underworld where credit and debit card numbers are stolen, bought and sold.

But on the sly, federal officials now say, Mr. Gonzalez was connecting with those same cohorts and continuing to ply his trade, using online pseudonyms — including “soupnazi” — that would be his undoing. As they tell it, Mr. Gonzalez had a central role in a loosely organized online crime syndicate that obtained tens of millions of credit and debit card numbers from nine of the biggest retailers in the United States."

When you read the story (see link to NY Times see link below) you'll cringe and you'll say "That's kinda what happened to us in Iraq where a bunch of lying weasels lied about Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction!" Yeah. Betrayed by the snake! (Biblical reference).

New York Times article -

No, in case you were wondering, this is not the same Albert(o) Gonzales who was US Attorney general!


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