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Fugitive VoIP hacker admits 10 million minute spree




Fugitive VoIP hacker admits 10 million minute spree
Fugitive VoIP hacker admits 10 million minute spree



http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/03/voip_hacker_guilty/ 

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
The Register
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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