Romanian cops cuff 24 cybercrime suspects
Hammer falls after auction fraud
Romanian police have arrested 24 people, all thought to belong to a single cybercrime gang. The group is suspected of involvement in various identity theft, credit card and auction fraud scams said to have raked in an estimated €400,000 ($634,000) from foreign victims, according to Romanian news reports. Targets of the scams reportedly included eBay, craiglist.com and Equine.com.
The gang's alleged ringleader, Romeo Chita, was arrested in a flat owned by Romanian lawmaker Dumitru Puzdrea, Mediafax.ro reports. The liberal politician said he was unaware of any allegedly illicit activities.
Romanian police worked together with the FBI on the operation leading up to the arrests. In May, US and Romanian authorities announced that a total of 38 people from both countries had been charged over an elaborate phishing scam.
Gary Warner, director of research in computer forensics at the University of Alabama, has posted links to video clips of three of the arrests on his blog. Romanian police arrested suspects in the cities of Bucharest, Ramnicu Valcea, Sibiu, Alexandria, Dragasani, and Hundeoara in a series of raids that led to the seizure of equipment for manufacturing false identities, mobile phones, SIM cards, computers and cash in various denominations. ®
There we go, a start. The world enforcers should work together to form a uniform cybercrime unit to wipe out cyber crime to extinction and encourage local law maker create a law put them away locked underground bunker 247 without chance of parole for at least 10 years even if proof of reformable. Otherwise mean nothing to the criminals, it's like slap on the wrist with few years in the cell watching TV doing nothing.
I wonder if this is a trend
I am happy they are finally arresting these people but could this just be the consequences of someones political enemies looking to dig up a bit of dirt. Oh well no matter the reason it's good to see.
got quite a reputation for cracking, looks like a crackdown (see what happens when you use the word correctly) is underway.
Though I rather like the cybercrime idea, 'cybercriminal' yes that one works, could have special cyberjails. Then we could debate the nuances between a cybercriminal and a cyberoutlaw.
The Romanians have an anti-terror group, well now, seems to have caught on across the globe, when was the last terrorist attack on Romanian soil?