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Trail in global theft ring leads to Miami




Trail in global theft ring leads to Miami
Trail in global theft ring leads to Miami



http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/11/business/theft.php 

By Brad Stone
International Herald Tribune
August 12, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO: Investigators looking into a vast international credit 
card theft ring extending from Ukraine and Belarus to China and 
victimizing nine of the largest U.S. retailers faced a central mystery: 
Who was orchestrating the crimes on the ground in the United States?

It turned out, investigators now say, that he was right under their 
noses. And it was a reference to a character in the popular U.S. comedy 
"Seinfeld" - the Soup Nazi - that helped break the case.

Albert Gonzalez, 27, a second-generation Cuban-American from Miami, was 
a seemingly reformed hacker turned U.S. Secret Service informant, 
helping agents identify his former cohorts in the shady online 
underworld where stolen credit and debit card numbers are bought and 
sold.

But using of variety of online handles, including "soupnazi," Gonzalez 
remained a significant player in that underworld, investigators say.

U.S. government officials allege that Gonzalez played a central role in 
a loosely organized online crime syndicate that fraudulently obtained 
the credit and debit card numbers of tens of millions of American 
consumers.

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