Aug 162014

Annie Cutler reports:

A 26-year-old Brigham Young University student was arrested on charges of identity theft and computer crimes.

Police say Gabriel Camacho stole personal information of his co-workers, other students and even professors at BYU and the University of Utah.

It all started when Camacho was fired from his job when his employer suspected he had hacked into their computer system. Turns out, the employer was right and after authorities searched a flash drive Camacho left behind, they said they learned he had hacked into more systems.

“We’re talking passwords, account numbers, birth dates, all of that information,” Chief Cody Cullimore of Lindon police said.

And it’s sensitive information Lindon police say Camacho has admitted to stealing. There could be more than 50 potential victims between his recent employer, U of U and BYU.

Read more on Fox13


Aug 162014

SEATTLE — A federal magistrate, citing a possible flight risk, on Friday ordered accused Russian hacker Roman Seleznev held without bail pending his October trial on charges.


During the hearing, prosecutors revealed that a laptop computer seized from Seleznev at the time of his arrest contains 2.1 million stolen credit card numbers.

Seleznev, also known as “Track2,” was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Western District of Washington on March 3, 2011, and the indictment was unsealed on July 7, 2014. Seleznev is charged in connection with operating several carding forums, which are websites where criminals gather to sell stolen credit card numbers, and hacking into retail point of sale systems and installing malicious software on the systems to steal credit card numbers.

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Aug 152014

Insider breaches in restaurants is a global problem, but this may be the first report of its kind I can remember seeing from China. Ke Jiayun reports:

City restaurant and entertainment venue staff are among 51 people held in connection with a nationwide forged bank card network said to have netted nearly 10 million yuan (US$1.62 million).

Six people were held in Shanghai and 46 in southern China’s Guangdong Province in a joint police operation.

Waiting staff in restaurants and entertainment venues in Xuhui District and the Pudong New Area are suspected of stealing diners’ card information, including credit card and debit card, using special devices, said police.

Unlike situations where card numbers are used immediately, these thieves seemed to have done some research and bided their time:

Police found that account information had been copied last November when the victim used his card to pay at a local restaurant.

According to police, network members then discovered that their victim had bought a financial product that would bring him a big interest payment in March.

They allegedly waited four months and once the interest payment was deposited made two transfers using the forged details in March.

The restaurants at which the customer data theft occurred were not named in this news report and only one of the suspects was named, but reports that The suspects were held on May 20 and “More than 1,000 pieces of bank card information were found with 25 special POS machines seized.”

Read more on Shanghai Daily.

Aug 142014

From WILM:

A rental car employee is accused of stealing customers’ identities. Karlvin Zidor is charged with stealing credit card information while working at Enterprise Rent A Car in Milford. The investigation started with Henrico County Police in Virginia, who determined an identity theft ring was getting information from someone in Delaware. Zidor is charged with felony identity theft and lying to law enforcement.

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Aug 142014

J.D. Tuccille writes:

The geniuses at the Internal Revenue Service gave sensitive data on over a million taxpayers to a printing contractor wiout checking the bona fides of any of the contractor’s employees, says the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The news comes from a report dated last month but just released to the public. This and several similar screw-ups “exposes taxpayers to increased risk of fraud and identity theft.”

Read more on Reason.

Aug 142014

Phil W. Hudson reports:

Sean Lydell Street, 39, a former Richmond County, Ga., Deputy Sheriff, was sentenced Aug. 12 to two years in prison for stealing personal identification information to be used as part of a fraudulent tax refund scheme.

Street worked for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office from 2007 through 2012 and during the last part of 2011 and the first part of 2012, he used the personal identification information of more than 100 people, which he got through his work as a law enforcement officer, to create a list containing the name, birthdate, and social security number of each person, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Read more on Atlanta Business Chronicle.