Big Fraud Via Online Gaming/Payment Processor Software.

dunover

Unofficial T&C's Editor
Staff member
webmeister
PABnonaccred
PABnononaccred
CAG
mm3
Joined
May 22, 2012
Location
the bus shelter, opposite GCHQ Benhall
If this has been posted before apologies, but quite scary.

You do not have permission to view link Log in or register now.





Police in Argentina have arrested the 19-year-old son of an IT engineer on suspicion of running an elaborate cyber-fraud network stealing $600,000 (£380,000) a year.


Experts say the teenager may have set up a “technological cave” in his home, from which police have seized a host of sophisticated computing and IT equipment.

The so-called “super-hacker” is alleged to have diverted around $50,000 (£31,600) a month from online money transfer and gaming websites into his own bank account.

The arrest of the 19-year-old comes as part of Operation Zombie, an extensive police manhunt which began in 2012 when a businessman providing website hosting services said he had discovered a hacker was remotely accessing his servers to intercept money transfers.

Argentina’s chief prosecutor ordered a federal investigation, which found that the same person was stealing from a number of different sites.

A Security Ministry statement said: “Internet users were victims of a ‘malware’ virus that the hacker hosted in a server for downloading online gaming applications.”

Operation Zombie is so called because, in an attempt to complete the job unnoticed, the suspected hacker would use a network of thousands of “zombie” computers to bombard the target servers with a “denial of service” attack, ensuring users could not access their accounts around the time of the cyber raid.

The teenager, who has not been named, was initially detained at his home in Buenos Aires in July.

His arrest comes after five police raids in the capital and a further in the city of Rosario, and officials have identified a further six people allegedly involved in the criminal network.
 

dunover

Unofficial T&C's Editor
Staff member
webmeister
PABnonaccred
PABnononaccred
CAG
mm3
Joined
May 22, 2012
Location
the bus shelter, opposite GCHQ Benhall
I'm trying to find out which gaming servers and processors were affected. I would be interested to see if any info tallies with reports on here of various servers being down or processor issues.
 

naththo

Dormant account
Joined
Jul 24, 2011
Location
Adelaide, South Australia.
Far out! That sounds very serious to me! Yeah I am very curious where did it affect which casino and server. Other day that the Guts casino got cut offline for no reason by a server. But I was wondering if it was really hacked or not though. I was sure it might have been because their server (not casino) crashed big time. So it was my concern it may have been hacked.
 

ChillBill

Banned User - Aussiedave in disguise
Joined
Oct 16, 2012
Location
Australia
I'm not saying Neteller has been hit or was one of the sites being hit. But I've experienced some weird login issues this past year.
  • I enter my credentals in the login page
  • the grey veil opens and the green progess bar flashes up and down
  • then, instead of being logged into my account, it loops back to the login page

The above has also produced, at times, 404 and 503 errors. I check my connection with Google and return to NT and all is fine again. Very strange indeed.

If this was occuring at Neteller, I don't think we'd be told about it. Why? Money being hacked, regardless of how it's happening, doen't foster trust in a brand. Certainly not a public traded company. Member panic would want to be avoided because it would affect stock prices.
 

Mousey

Ueber Meister Mouse
Joined
Sep 12, 2004
Location
Up$hitCreek
When we see 'gaming' we think 'gambling'.... but I'm trying to find out if they're talking 'games' not gambling - or if it included both. LOL Jetset may have something on this in the site news... I havent' checked yet.
 

jetset

RIP Brian
Joined
Feb 22, 2001
Location
Earth
This is a relatively "old" news story dating back to September this year, when it appeared as a report on a year-long police operation in Argentina dubbed "Operation Zombie".

It was not clear in any of the reports that followed whether the hacks and DDoS attacks were against online gambling specifically, or more generally "gaming" operators - I suspect it may have been the latter.

We've been looking out for follow up stories on what happened to this 19-year-old and his mates in terms of court appearances and punishments, but I haven't seen anything on that so far.
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Top