Thursday, December 07, 2006

International Online Fraud... some how a Ukrainian is always involved...

Ukrainian Busted in CarderPlanet Online Fraud Ring
Created: 21.07.2005 13:18 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 13:18 MSK
MosNews


Ukrainian police have arrested a man suspected of launching an international online fraud ring. U.S. law enforcers said earlier the CarderPlanet website served as a marketplace for millions of stolen bank accounts. Many of the accounts were stolen by hackers who targeted dozens of banks, e-commerce sites and government agencies.

Dmitry Golubov, arrested in Ukraine earlier this month, is believed to be one of the founders of the CarderPlanet.com site, the Delovaya Nedelya newspaper reports.

The Wall Street Journal wrote last week that CarderPlanet boasted roughly 7,000 members and served as a marketplace for millions of stolen accounts, according to Larry Johnson, special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s criminal investigative division.

Many of the stolen accounts came from hackers who targeted dozens of organizations such as banks, e-commerce sites and government agencies in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. Stolen account information can sell online for as little as a few dollars and as much as several hundred dollars.

CaderPlanet was closed last year but the U.S. authorities continued chasing its founders worldwide, Delovaya Nedelya wrote.

U.S. Postal Inspector Paul Crenn reported that Dmitry Golubov who took an active part in CarderPlanet operations under the nickname of Script was arrested on July 7.

Delovaya Nedelya failed to get in touch with Golubov’s defense lawyers. Ukrainian authorities refused to comment while the U.S. officials did not rule out that more arrests would follow in the near future in Ukraine.

CarderPlanet was set up in 2001. A man by the name of Douglas Cade Havard, 22, has pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering and is now in a Leeds prison cell in Great Britain.

At 19, Havard was honing counterfeiting skills he learned in online chat rooms, making fake IDs in Texas for fellow underage college students who wanted to drink alcohol, Wall Street Journal reported. By 21, Havard had parlayed those skills to a lucrative position at CarderPlanet.com. Having reached a senior rank in the largely Russian and Eastern European organization, he was driving a Mercedes and spending hundreds of dollars on champagne at clubs.

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