Call Service Creator Sentenced to 33 Months
IDENTITY THEFT—U.S. & BELARUSMarch 26, 2012
One of the creators of CallService.biz, a site that facilitates identity theft, has been sentenced to 33 months in prison in New York, Wired reports. The service helped identity thieves go around bank authentication systems in cases where the bank calls the account holder via phone. Identity thieves would provide stolen personal information--including names, Social Security and account numbers and answers to security questions--to CallService.biz to trick the financial institution. According to the report, more than 2,000 identity thieves used the service to conduct more than 5,000 fraudulent acts. A U.S. attorney involved with the case said the defendant "served as a middleman for a network of identity thieves," adding, "This case is another example of how cybercrime knows no geographic boundaries..."