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Federal Investigators Bust Credit Fraud Ring

Posted by: Robert Siciliano in MyBlog

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Robert Siciliano

A federal investigation dubbed “Operation Open Market” recently yielded 19 arrests in nine states, for crimes including identity theft and counterfeit credit card trafficking. The defendants allegedly participated in “,” a Las Vegas-based transnational ring that bought and sold stolen personal and financial information and manufactured counterfeit IDs and credit and debit cards in order to commit fraud. This criminal organization has also been known to host online forums wherein members are encouraged to buy and sell counterfeit documents and stolen data.

Executive Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations James Dinkins commented, “The actions of computer hackers and identity thieves not only harm countless innocent Americans, but the threat they pose to our financial system and global commerce cannot be understated.”

According to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s latest update, “Fraudsters use keyloggers to steal the logon ID, password, and challenge question answers of financial institution customers. This information alone or in conjunction with stolen browser cookies loaded on the fraudster’s PC may enable the fraudster to log into the customer’s account and transfer funds to accounts controlled by the fraudster, usually through wire or ACH transactions.”

The FFIEC recommends that financial institutions incorporate device identification into their layered security approach in order to thwart attacks like these, but smart financial institutions are going a step further by employing device reputation analysis approach.

iovation, an Oregon-based firm helping to fight cybercrime, offers device reputation, which builds on its complex device identification technology. It does this by offering real-time risk assessments which look at evidence of past fraud attacks, risk profiles, detects anomalies, and uncovers relationships between devices and accounts that have a history of working in collusion to stealing from online businesses.

Robert Siciliano, personal security and identity theft expert contributor to iovation.

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