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Dutch Hacker Appears in Court as Accused of Stealing 44,000 Credits Card Details

A Dutch man, David Benjamin Schrooten aka "Fortezza" was called from Romania to US for appearing in federal court on June 11, 2012. He was called for stealing at least 44,000 credit card numbers in an international hacking case, reported by CNET news dated June 11, 2012.

Schrooten is aimed by the prosecutors for allegedly hacking into computers and stealing large amount of credit card numbers. Once achieving those numbers, he will sell those in bulk quantities through websites. 44,000 credit card numbers are supposed to be the tip of the iceberg in this case, as believed by the police.

Police credited a local restaurant owner, Corino Bonjrada for sparking the investigation in this case. Bonjrada claimed that he become cautious after getting complaints from customers of suspicious charges after dining in their restaurant. Bonjrada said some customers were charged within 10 minutes of using their credit card at these restaurants in the amount of $70 or $80, as published by oregonlive.com dated June 11, 2012. Customers doubted his workers had taken their credit card information and used it, but Bonjrada found no proof of it and then the computer expert and so the police.

That compel the police to Schrooten's accomplice Christopher A. Schroebel, who they believe created spying malware in the sales systems of two Seattle businesses. Schroebel had collected at least 4,800 credit card numbers in 2011.

In March 2011, Schroebel supposedly transferred US$ 33,654 to his account in Bank of America. In next three months more than US$ 85,000 was deposited, which prosecutors believe came from selling compromised account number and withdrawn made on stolen account number.

Schroebel has already begged guilty to five counts and is awaiting sentencing, which is due on August 10, 2012.

US Authorities want to convey a clear message to cybercriminals with the sentence of Schrooten and Schroebel.

U.S. Attorney Jjenny A. Durkan said: "people think that cybercriminals cannot be found or punished. Today we are aware that its not true. You cannot hide in cyberspace. We will find you and will prosecute you," as per the statement published by CNET News on June11, 2012.

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