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70 Romanian Phishers & Fraudsters Arrested


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 PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:33 am   
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Gar Warner, of course. :)

http://garwarner.blogspot.com/2010/04/7 ... sters.html

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On Tuesday, April 6, 2010, the Romanian Police released the news of a police raid organized by the prosecutors at D.I.I.C.O.T. - the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism - had arrested 70 members of three separate organized cyber crime groups.

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Since 2006 these groups have stolen funds from citizens of Spain, Italy, France, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Austria, the United States, Canada, and Switzerland - primarily through online auction fraud. International authorities have identified more than 800 victims with more than 800,000 Euros worth of losses.

It took four years, and who knows how many people in total getting ripped off, but that's still good news.

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 PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:35 am   
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I think there's a pretty crucial line in that story:

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Officers monitored the three groups for a year before pulling the trigger on the raid.

This is the hard part for most people to swallow, but an arrest of this size makes it clear that the time they waited was worth it, since it allowed them to confirm what they were observing in order to make it stick, which in turn led to this mass-arrest scenario.

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 PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:08 pm   
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That is a large group of arrests, good going! 8)


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 PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:39 pm   
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More updates. I figured there would be for this big bust. :D

Apparently this Romanian-based blogger is up to speed on this. This person found some more Romanian sources and posted the names of some of those arrested on 4/11/10.

70 Romanians Arrested on 6th of April 2010

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The perpetrators arrested and detained for 29 days in Valcea case are Florin Dan Mişcoci, Alexandru Răduţ, Marius Adrian Ologu, Marian Sorin Grigorie, Laurenţiu Dumitru Anghel, Vasile Petronel Avram, Florin Buceag, Iulian Stere, David Gabriel Cârstea, Narcis Nicolae Petrache, Sebastian Lungu, Bogdan Mehedinţu, Daniel Alexandru Ciomag, Aurel Cătălin Dincă, Gheorghe Tiberiu Budărescu, Ionuţ Sorin Dumitru, Gabriel Drăghici, Nicolae Cristian Ciucă, Nicolae Popescu, Dumitru Daniel Busogioiu, Ovidiu Vlad Cristea, Ştefan Iordachi, Florin Nicula, Nicolae Andrei Paraschiva, Cătălin Sârbu, Marian Lovită Priboi, Mihaela Florina Ungureanu, Vlad Nicolae Vrapciu, Flore Valentin Boje, Alin Constantin Cotă, Florin Dorin Răducu, Călin Cornel Fălcuşan, Alexandru Nicolăescu, Claudiu Marian Turica.


Romanian Source.

They even posted the Google translation into English.


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 PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:30 am   
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Apparently one of these guys has escaped according to Gary Warner. It sounds like Nicolae Popescu, the apparent ringleader, got himself released due to some loophole. :(

Nicolae Popescu, Romanian hacker, at large!

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... One of the ringleaders of the group captured last week, Nicolae Popescu, 'released himself' from custody and is now at large. Apparently when the initial arrests were made, the legal documents under which they were being held were set to expire at 1830 on the day of their arrest. The DIICOT prosecutors were working madly to make their claims to hold each of those arrested for 29 days further investigative period, as is typical in Romanian law, but when 6:30 PM came and went and no papers had been served against Nicolae, he asked to be released, and legally, there was nothing that could be done to stop him! Apparently he quietly walked out the front door without anyone notifying the DIICOT staff what was going on. ...


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