By John Leyden
19th October 2009
A Venezuelan hacking suspect arrested in Mexico last February on
computer hacking and fraud charges faces a court appearance in New
Jersey on Tuesday, following his extradition to the US last week.
Edwin Pena, 26, a former Miami resident, fled from US justice in August
2006 two months after he was bailed on charges of hacking into phone
systems and stealing VoIP call credits. Pena allegedly resold these
services in collusion with an accomplice, Robert Moore of Washington.
Pena and Moore raked in an estimated $1.4m through the alleged sale of
10 million voice call minutes stolen from telecoms suppliers.
Moore pleaded guilty multiple computer hacking and fraud offences in
late 2007, resulting in a two year jail sentence. His admitted
involvement in the scam involved scanning telecom supplier networks for
vulnerabilities between June 2005 and October 2005. Pena, the alleged
brains of the operation and major beneficiary, use Moore's
reconnaissance to draw up a list of targets for attack.
The Venezuelan used brute force techniques to extract activation codes
from vulnerable telecom supplier systems. Among those victimised was a
Newark, New Jersey supplier of telecoms services.
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