Last month, UK authorities apprehended a number of 24 individuals suspected of being involved in payment card information trafficking. As a continuation of the operation, the FBI announced the arrests of three more suspects, bringing the number of defendants to 27.
Nikhil Kolbekar, aka HellsAngel
, was arrested on July 11 in Mumbai, India. Eric Bogle, known as Swat Runs Train
, and Justin Mills, or xTGxKAKAROT
, were taken into custody in Canada, respectively Colorado, US.
Mills has been already released on bail, authorities attempting to extradite the other two suspects to the US.
“These arrests are yet another reminder that the international reach of cyber crime does not exceed our grasp. Law enforcement will pursue cyber criminals wherever they are, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.
“The charged conduct we announce today, coupled with the crimes we charged last month, represent a full menu of Internet fraud. Thanks to our law enforcement partnerships both here and abroad, we continue to bring these alleged criminals to justice.”
Bogle is suspected of selling complete credit card details, including names, addresses, social security numbers, birth dates, and bank account information.
The one known as HellsAngel
is also believed to have offered the same type of information. He also sold remote desktop protocol (RDP) access data that could be utilized to breach computers in countries such as Turkey, India, Czech Republic, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and others.
Mills possessed around 170,000 credential sets, comprised of usernames and passwords, which could be used to access online accounts. He also made money by selling electronic devices he obtained as a result of his carding activities.
“These arrests in India, Canada, and the U.S. as part of Operation Card Shop are just another example that cyber criminals will be stopped even if they cross borders,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk.