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US announces arrests in $530 million cyber identity fraud scheme

08 February 2018, 09:29 | Austin Hogan

US announces arrests in $530 million cyber identity fraud scheme

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They allegedly used automated vending sites to steal identities, debit and credit card numbers, and financial and banking information.

The US Justice Department named the Australian man as 27-year-old Edgar Rojas aka Edgar Andres Viloria Rojas, aka Guapo, aka Guapo1988, aka Onlyshop.

Law enforcement has only arrested 13 of the members so far, five of which are from the USA and only one of which (Sergei Medvedev) is considered top brass.

Its members defrauded victims of more than £380 million (560 million U.S. dollars) after it targeted more than 4.3 million debit cards, credit cards and bank accounts globally.

Most of the organization, including five out of six of Infraud's leaders, remain at large.

Infraud was created in October 2010 by Svyatosla Bondarenko, of the Ukraine, with the goal of becoming the premier online destination for false credit card information, the Department of Justice said.

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"We discuss at length the structure of the organisation and the hierarchical organisation that it had in terms of administrators and vendors and other members like Okeakpu who were moderators of certain forums that were featured on the website". Department of Justice officials have filed charges against 36 people allegedly involved with Infraud Organization (no really, that's the name), a global cybercrime ring with roots in the USA as well as numerous other countries.

Lower down were super moderators and moderators who served as subject-matter experts over specific topics or regions.

"Today's indictment and arrests mark one of the largest cyberfraud enterprise prosecutions ever undertaken by the Department of Justice", Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan said in a statement.

Department of Homeland Security agents coordinated with law enforcement around the globe, including officials in Albania, Australia, France, Italy, Kosovo, Serbia, and the United Kingdom, according to Rybicki. Infraud also provided escrow services that facilitated illegal currency transactions between members.

The Infraud Organization, according to prosecutors, coordinated various flavors of internet fraud including identity theft, bank fraud, wire fraud, and related computer crimes through online forums.



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