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One Hundred Phishers Charged In Largest Cybercrime Case




One Hundred Phishers Charged In Largest Cybercrime Case
One Hundred Phishers Charged In Largest Cybercrime Case



http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/attacks/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=220301571 

By Thomas Claburn
InformationWeek
October 7, 2009 

The FBI on Wednesday announced that it had charged 53 defendants, the 
largest number ever charged in a cybercrime case, following a 
multinational investigation into a phishing scheme that operated in the 
United States and Egypt.

Thirty-three of the 53 defendants named in the indictment have been 
arrested, the FBI said, and several others are being sought. The 
investigation, dubbed "Operation Phish Phry," began in 2007.

Authorities in Egypt have charged 47 defendants linked to the phishing 
operation.

Phishing is a form of social engineering that attempts to convince 
Internet users, via e-mail or other means, to provide online credentials 
via e-mail, Web submission form, or some other method under false 
pretenses. Often, phishers create fraudulent Web sites that have been 
designed to look like legitimate Web sites as a way to encourage site 
visitors to supply sensitive information, such as online banking login 
details.

Earlier this week, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) warned that "several thousand 
Windows Live Hotmail customers' credentials were exposed on a 
third-party site due to a likely phishing scheme." The online attack 
also appears to have affected users of other online e-mail services, 
including Google Gmail, and Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) Mail.

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