By Elinor Mills
June 29, 2009
Max Ray Vision, aka "Iceman," pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of
wire fraud stemming from the theft of nearly 2 million credit card
numbers and $86 million in alleged fraudulent purchases.
Vision faces up to 60 years in prison when he is sentenced in October in
federal court in Pittsburgh, according to federal public defender
Vision was arrested in September 2007 and accused of operating an
underground forum called "Carders Market" where cybercriminals bought
and sold stolen credit card numbers and other data. He was targeted as
part of a sting operation in which FBI agent J. Keith Mularski spent two
years undercover infiltrating a group of cyberscammers who bought and
sold stolen credit card numbers on a rival site called "Dark Market."
In an interview with CNET News in May, Mularski talked about Vision,
whose last name used to be Butler:
There are a lot of guys who I think their curiosity just got the
best of them and it led them down a dark path. One of the guys, Max
Butler, who ran our rival site called Carders Market and used the
hacker name "Iceman," was arrested in San Francisco. He was very
intelligent. He could have been an excellent security expert.
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