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Web Stalkers
Chapter 5 -
All About Cybercrime

Real World Case:  Website Hacking

“In your case, the hacker placed the profanity on your header as a signal to other criminals. 

Their M.O. is to hack a site, steal the shopping cart credit card numbers and then alter the header to prove that they have the stolen goods. 

Next, they post an offer on a chat board, offering the header as proof and then selling the credit card numbers. 

In your case, the thief is probably stealing from the buyers, offering-up fake card numbers.”

Apparently there is no honor among thieves.  The FBI agent continued:

"We have tracked these cases before, and they almost always originate in a foreign country. 

To confound the matter, even when we trace the hacker it usually is a minor, and they are very difficult to prosecute. 

It’s very frustrating and we can only help victims who have suffered large losses."

She informed him that he could continue to pursue the matter with an attorney, and the next step would be to obtain a subpoena from a U.S. Federal District court to get the account name, mailing address and the telephone number used by the attacker.

He could then serve it on the Montreal ISP.  A reciprocity agreement requires Canadian citizens to comply with U.S. court orders.  Of course, the ISP could always claim that they lost the record of entries.

He figured if the ISP knows the account holder and the phone number that they used, he should be able to trace it directly to the house where the attack originated!  Not so fast, the FBI agent cautioned.

“It’s very likely that the hacker used an open wireless connection and the home associated with the phone number will be an innocent third-party.”

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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