Seattle Police Say ‘wardrivers’ Are Hitting Small Businesses

Robert McMillan reports:

Seattle police are investigating a group of criminals who they say have been cruising around town in a black Mercedes stealing credit card data by tapping into wireless networks belonging to area businesses.

The group has been at it for about five years, according to an affidavit signed by Detective Chris Hansen, a fraud investigator with the Seattle Police Department.

“A number of area small and medium-sized businesses have been targeted in these network intrusions, which have also involved a pattern of financial and personal identifying information (such as credit card information),” Hansen wrote in his affidavit, dated April 13. He declined to comment for this story.

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