NEWS FROM THE LAB - Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Phisher caught again Posted by Mikko @ 12:11 GMT

Andrew Schwarmkoff. Photo by Matt Stone / bostonherald.com
Today's Boston Herald has an interesting story on Mr. Andrew Schwarmkoff, who's been charged for credit card and identity fraud in Brighton, Boston.

Apparently Mr. Schwarmkoff sent out phishing emails to collect people's credit card and banking details. This alleged members of a Russian mob was arrested with $200,000 worth of stolen merchandise, credit card scanning equipment, more than 100 ID cards with fraudulently obtained information and nearly $15,000 in cash.

Authorities are fighting credit card fraud more and more visibly. Just last week the US Secret Service shut down the carderplanet.cc and shadowcrew.com carding sites.

Thanks to Jeremy Wagstaff's excellent weblog for the link to the article.