By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
3rd February 2010
A Miami hacker has admitted he pocketed more than $1m by selling
millions of minutes of voice over IP calls and surreptitiously routing
them through the networks of telecommunications companies.
Edwin Andrew Pena pleaded guilty to two felonies in connection with the
hacking spree, which spanned the years 2004 through 2006, according to
court documents. He was apprehended last year in Mexico after skipping
out on a $100,000 bond secured by the mother of his then girlfriend.
Pena appeared in US District Court in New Jersey on Wednesday and
pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and
unauthorized access to a protected computer. He faces a maximum of 25
years in federal prison and fines of at least $500,000 at sentencing,
which is scheduled for May 14.
Pena and cohort Robert Moore were arrested in June 2006 and accused of
carrying out an elaborate scheme that routed more than 10 million
minutes of VoIP calls over the networks of a dozen or so
telecommunications providers without their permission. They breached the
networks by using brute-force attacks that deduced the security
telephone prefixes needed to gain access.
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