U.S. Said to Make Arrests in Global Bank Data Theft Operation
By Patricia Hurtado - Jun 26, 2012 12:35 PM GMT-0500
U.S. agents have arrested dozens of people on four continents as part of a global sting operation targeting data theft from financial instituitions, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Dozens of arrests were made in an undercover operation by the U.S. that prevented hundreds of millions of dollars in losses from illegal computer access, said the person, who declined to be identified because they weren?t authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Hundreds of thousands of credit card users could have been affected as well as dozens of corporations and educational institutions, the person said.
As part of the probe, Joshua Hicks and two other people were arrested in New York today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and charged in the two-year-long probe into illegal computer hacking. Hicks, of Manhattan, is scheduled to appear in federal court in New York later today, according to court records.
Jerika Richardson, a spokeswoman for Preet Bharara?s office, declined to comment. The matter was reported earlier by the Associated Press.