MANHATTAN (CN) – Twenty-four people have been arrested in the United States and overseas in what federal prosecutors called the largest international takedown in history for “carding” crimes: cybercrimes using stolen credit card, bank accounts and other personal information.
The defendants are accused of selling stolen credit card numbers “by the thousands” and offering “every stripe of malware and virus to fellow fraudsters, even including software enabling cyber voyeurs to hijack an unsuspecting consumer’s personal computer camera,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Eleven people were arrested this week in the United States, and 11 in foreign countried, including six in the United Kingdom, two in Bosnia, and one each in Bulgaria, Norway and Germany. Two more were arrested on provisional warrants: one in Italy and one in Japan, according to prosecutors’ statement.
The FBI infiltrated the rings by setting up a site of its own, “enabling users to discuss various topics related to carding and to communicate offers to buy, sell, and exchange goods and services related to carding, among other things.”