Prosecutors: Hacker stole Seattleites’ credit card info for drug money

Levi Pullkinen reports:

A Seattle grand jury has indicted a Maryland man accused of hacking into the credit card systems of several Seattle businesses and using stolen funds to fuel his heroin addiction.

Currently in inpatient treatment for drug addition, 20-year-old Christopher A. Schroebel is facing federal hacking charges related to a string of high-tech thefts from Seattle restaurant-goers.

Federal prosecutors in Seattle contend Schroebel was selling credit card information through an online black market while also using the cards himself. A search of computer equipment tied to him allegedly uncovered information stolen from 4,800 credit cards, as well as dozens of malicious software programs meant to enable theft.

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None of the affected restaurants or businesses are named.

In the tradition of not-so-very-intelligent-after-all criminals, Schroebel reportedly included his own birth date in the passwords used to access the software.

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