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US law enforcement busts USD 530 million Infraud cybercrime gang

Friday 9 February 2018 09:46 CET | News

36 individuals responsible for more than USD 530 million in losses from cybercrimes have been dismantled by the US law enforcement.

According to the indictment, the Infraud Organization was created in October 2010 by Svyatoslav Bondarenko aka “Obnon,” aka “Rector,” aka “Helkern,” 34, of Ukraine, to promote and grow interest in the Infraud Organization as the premier destination for carding—purchasing retail items with counterfeit or stolen credit card information—on the Internet.

The organization was engaged in the large-scale acquisition, sale, and dissemination of stolen identities, compromised debit and credit cards, personally identifiable information, financial and banking information, computer malware, and other contraband.

Under the slogan, “In Fraud We Trust,” the gang directed traffic and potential purchasers to the automated vending sites of its members, which served as online conduits to traffic in stolen means of identification, stolen financial and banking information, malware, and other illicit goods.

It also provided an escrow service to facilitate illicit digital currency transactions among its members and employed screening protocols that purported to ensure only high quality vendors of stolen cards, personally identifiable information, and other contraband were permitted to advertise to members.

During the course of its seven-year history, the Infraud Organization inflicted approximately USD 2.2 billion in intended losses, and more than USD 530 million in actual losses, on a wide swath of financial institutions, merchants, and private individuals, and would have continued to do so for the foreseeable future if left unchecked.


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Keywords: Infraud, cybercrime, cybersecurity, US, skimming, malware, banks, stolen cards, stolen identity
Categories: Securing Transactions | Digital Identity, Security & Online Fraud
Countries: World
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