Feeds

Brass necked suspect swallows USB evidence

Police get to bottom of bank scammer

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

A suspected cybercrook who swallowed a USB drive in an apparent bid to destroy evidence has been charged with obstruction.

Florin Necula, from New York, ate a Kingston flash drive thought to contain mag strip dumps from credit cards shortly after his arrest outside a bank in Queens on 21 January. He gobbled the USB drive while awaiting processing and questioning at a Secret Service office in Brooklyn.

Necula's attempts to digest the evidence resulted in a trip to a New York hospital and, four days later, a presumably delicate operation to remove the USB stick.

Necula and three associates allegedly used card skimmers to swipe credit card details from victims using a doctored ATM machine. Police recovered laptops, cameras, flash drives, and mobile phones from Necula and his three alleged co-conspirators during a raid at a Long Island City apartment they used.

Necula was later charged with four offences, including obstruction of justice, and held in jail pending further proceedings. The Smoking Gun has the full run-down on the story, including extracts from court papers, here.

Necula's desperate actions are weird but not entirely unprecedented, Cornered crooks have previously attempted to eat mobile phone SIM cards when cornered by the police. ®

Bootnote

No, the data volume of the drive wasn't recorded.

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw
Have you been on YouPorn lately, perhaps? White House website?
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball
Unmasking hidden users is too hot for Carnegie-Mellon
Attackers raid SWISS BANKS with DNS and malware bombs
'Retefe' trojan uses clever spin on old attacks to grant total control of bank accounts
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert
Exodus vows not to sell secrets of whistleblower's favorite OS
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.