Apple Stores Hit By Crime Spree Using Identity Theft, Thousands Of Stolen Credit Cards

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Twenty-seven people have been charged with forming an identity-theft ring that used thousands of stolen credit card numbers to purchase items at Apple stores throughout the country. Although it is still unclear how the group obtained the credit card numbers, this article on The Huffington Post notes that the U.S. Secret Service is expected to unveil a major cybercrime case in the wake of this news. The article also says prosecutors allege that one leader “had thousands of stolen credit card numbers stored in emails and boasted via Twitter about using credit cards at restaurants [and] continued to oversee the operations of this conspiracy by communicating instructions via telephone while incarcerated from last May to December 2010.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi’s manager of digital content strategy.