MN: Cyber crime trail leads to Winona State students

Dan Browning reports:

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigation dubbed “Operation eMule” has led federal agents to a pair of 22-year-old foreign-exchange students in Winona who are suspected to be part of a sophisticated cyber crime ring based in Vietnam that has been misusing the identities of countless Americans to bilk online retailers out of millions of dollars.


The two Winona State University students controlled more than 180 eBay accounts and more than 360 PayPal accounts that were opened using stolen identities, according to documents that were unsealed Dec. 29 by a federal magistrate judge in St. Paul.

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  1. Golde - January 3, 2011

    But how did they get the stolen identities? This is very frustrating. Here is a large ring, getting information from ????????? How can I, as an individual, make sure I don’t fall victim to this type of crime when authorities don’t tell us how information is obtained.

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