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Tue Jul 30, 2013, 03:34 PM

Mail from the (Velvet) Cybercrime Underground

By Krebs

Over the past six months, “fans” of this Web site and its author have shown their affection in some curious ways. One called in a phony hostage situation that resulted in a dozen heavily armed police surrounding my home. Another opened a $20,000 new line of credit in my name. Others sent more than $1,000 in bogus PayPal donations from hacked accounts. Still more admirers paid my cable bill for the next three years using stolen credit cards. Malware authors have even used my name and likeness to peddle their wares.

“Flycracker,” the administrator of thecc.bz crime forum, hatches plan to send drugs to my home.
But the most recent attempt to embarrass and fluster this author easily takes the cake as the most elaborate: Earlier this month, the administrator of an exclusive cybercrime forum hatched and executed a plan to purchase heroin, have it mailed to my home, and then spoof a phone call from one of my neighbors alerting the local police. Thankfully, I had already established a presence on his forum and was able to monitor the scam in real time and alert my local police well in advance of the delivery.

This would-be smear campaign was the brainchild of a fraudster known variously online as “Fly,” “Flycracker,” and MUXACC1 (muxa is transliterated Russian for “муха” which means “fly”). Fly is the administrator of the fraud forum “thecc[dot]bz,” an exclusive and closely guarded Russian language board dedicated to financial fraud and identity theft.


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Tue Jul 30, 2013, 04:08 PM

1. I was hoping for an Andy Worhol reference beyond the title.

Sadly, it didn't materialize.

But this post may be the most surrealistic DU post this week. I don't know whether to post the smilie, or the smile.

Nevertheless, I am intrigued. I just am not too sure that I am hankering for more of the same.

BTW, which DU smilie would you choose?

And yes, you get a well earned R&K.

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