Feeds

Queen of WorldPay cash-machine scam sent down for 2.5 years

Hi-tech Fagin herded money mules

Build a business case: developing custom apps

A Nigerian woman has been jailed for two-and-a-half years in the US after she was found responsible for playing a key role in the infamous $9m WorldPay payment card scam back in 2008.

Sonya Martin, 45, was convicted of managing a team of Chicago money mules who withdrew money from cash cards that had been loaded with looted funds. Cybercrooks had topped-up the payroll debit cards by breaking the encryption used to protect their sensitive financial data. Such cards are used by some firms to pay workers.

Hackers used compromised access to WorldPay's systems to raise the account balance and withdrawal limits on targeted accounts before forging 44 payment cards associated with these compromised accounts. Funds were then withdrawn from these accounts in an overnight cash-out operation involving 2,100 ATMs in at least 280 cities in the US, Russia, Estonia, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan, and Canada in a coordinated operation on 8 November 2008, the FBI said.

The gang monitored the progress of the cash-out operation in real-time using WorldPay's own computer systems before attempting (unsuccessfully) to erase their tracks. Infamous hacker Albert Gonzalez masterminded the whole scam as well as other credit card megabucks against TJ Maxx, Heartland Payments Systems and others. Gonzalez was jailed for 20 years in the spring of 2010.

The FBI said Martin managed a cash-out crew in Chicago that used counterfeit debit cards to fraudulently withdraw approximately $80,000 from various Chicago ATMs. She was arrested in March last year when she attempted to board a flight from New York to London. Martin will have to serve five years on probation after her release, as well as paying back $89,000 in restitution for her crimes.

An FBI statement on Martin's sentencing can be found here. ®

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think

More from The Register

next story
14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
Vendors just don't care, says researcher, after finding basic boo-boos in security software
'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece
Leaking sprinklers, overheated thermostats and picked locks all online
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Multipath TCP speeds up the internet so much that security breaks
Black Hat research says proposed protocol will bork network probes, flummox firewalls
Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu
Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told
Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers
They're not emails, they're business records, says court
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
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.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?