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'Iceman' pleads guilty in credit card theft case




'Iceman' pleads guilty in credit card theft case
'Iceman' pleads guilty in credit card theft case



http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10275442-83.html 

By Elinor Mills
Security
CNet News
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 
Michael Novara.

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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